D'Iberville Honors South Mississippi's Veterans

The city of D'Iberville sponsored a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday morning. People placed wreaths in front of the memorial to honor the men and women who have fought for this country. Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dick Wilson was the guest speaker. He told the crowd that Americans need to be resilient during the war against terrorism. Some veterans say after years of waning attendance people seem to be more in the patriotic spirit this year.

"We have had a lot of functions, patriotic functions where people have not attended as much as they are now," said veteran Doc Blanchard. "You see flags waving everywhere now."

Some veterans say that patriotism needs to be passed from one generation to another.

Roger Melville, a veteran, said "The minute the bugle blows then everybody wants to wave the flag and be a part of the program. Patriotism is built child by child by parents. The emotion that they feel holding on to their parent's hand as the flag goes by is where it begins."

The color guard from the U.S.S. Cole raised the flag during Sunday morning's ceremony.

by Danielle Thomas