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05/30/05

The Fallen Remembered At National Cemetery

Rain may have forced the Memorial Day Service at Biloxi National Cemetery indoors, but it couldn't dampen the patriotic spirit of the crowd gathered there.

On Monday, dozens of people paid tribute to those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Specifically mentioned where Gulfport Seabee Joel Baldwin and National Guardsmen Danny Varnado and Bryan Barron.

During World War II, W.G Krebs spent 104 days as a German captive. On Memorial Day, he walked proudly on behalf of all American prisoners of war.

"I feel sorry for those families whose husband and fathers that have passed away," said Krebs. "It is always an honor for me to attend these ceremonies to present a wreath in their honor."

Even after 25 years as a bugler, Master Sergeant Roger Bloor gets emotional during "Taps". He says the notes he says make him think of the people serving on the front line.

"There's a compassion in my heart knowing that there are those out there now defending this country," said Master Sgt. Bloor. "They're in battles and those that have fallen before us."

In every war, in every era, there are ordinary people who bravely answer the call of duty. They are men like Gulfport Seabee Joel Baldwin.

Brigadier General William T. Lord told the group how "last December Chief Joel Baldwin was buried in his final resting place here on the grounds of the Biloxi National cemetery. Five months later, today is a sad day for a wife and daughter of this brave man."

Soon guardsmen Bryan Barron and Danny Vanardo will also be buried at the Biloxi National Cemetery.

"These brave young men knew the risk they were taking in served their country proudly," said Brigadier General Lord. "Their sacrifice can never be repaid."

There are nearly 14,000 graves in the Biloxi National Cemetery.

by Danielle Thomas

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