Gautier crowd focuses on sacrifice, freedom & remembrance - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Gautier crowd focuses on sacrifice, freedom & remembrance

Legion Commander Flo Henderson said we must not only remember and appreciate the sacrifice of those who died, we must also care for the loved ones they left behind. (Photo source: WLOX) Legion Commander Flo Henderson said we must not only remember and appreciate the sacrifice of those who died, we must also care for the loved ones they left behind. (Photo source: WLOX)
Inside American Legion Post 1992, flags were presented, poems were read, and words of remembrance were shared during the hour-long ceremony. (Photo source: WLOX) Inside American Legion Post 1992, flags were presented, poems were read, and words of remembrance were shared during the hour-long ceremony. (Photo source: WLOX)
Keynote speaker Navy commander Jon Letourneau told the group that three words best describe Memorial Day: Sacrifice, Freedom and Remembrance. (Photo source: WLOX) Keynote speaker Navy commander Jon Letourneau told the group that three words best describe Memorial Day: Sacrifice, Freedom and Remembrance. (Photo source: WLOX)
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

A large crowd gathered in Gautier Monday morning, filling the hall of American Legion Post 1992, for the annual Memorial Day observance. Flags were presented, poems were read, and words of remembrance were shared during the hour-long ceremony. 

Sacrifice, freedom and remembrance are the words the echoed throughout the hall as the keynote speaker highlighted the meaning of the holiday.

“Remembrance is personal and unique," said keynote speaker Jon LeTourneau, a commander at the supship. "We remember those who died for our country in many different ways: Monuments, prayers, every day reflections. The list goes on and on."

Members of the American Legion also shared their sentiments with the crowd, which included many veterans and their families.

“It is these special families that produce the outstanding men and women who have given everything for our freedom," said Flo Henderson, commander of the post. "These families are the fabric of our nation."

“Let us remember that freedom never had a greater friend than the American soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman,” said former deputy post commander, Robert Endt.

During his speech, Cmdr. LeTourneau shared a photograph of his young son visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., speaking about the how the wall symbolizes sacrifice and the flag represents freedom. 

“And Cameron (LeTourneau's son) symbolizes the importance of remembrance and our unspoken duty to honor, appreciate and cherish all those who died for our freedom,” said the commander.

“Those who have gone on before us, and brought us our freedom, let us always remember,” said Henderson.

The service, which is usually held at the Veterans Tribute Tower, was moved inside the American Legion hall after the threat of rain.

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