CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Special tribute was paid today at Camp Shelby to Mississippians who've died while serving in our nation's armed forces. Dozens of retired and active-duty members of the armed forces and non-military residents gathered for the 4th annual, Laying of the Wreaths ceremony at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.
During the service, wreaths were laid at more than a dozen different monuments on the grounds of the museum. Most are dedicated to specific army units that trained at Camp Shelby.
"We have 16 monuments...we also lay a couple of other wreaths, one for the military spouse and the other for the Gold Star mothers," said Chad Daniels, director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.
Following the wreath laying, a 21-gun salute was fired and Taps was played. Veterans who attended say it's important to remember our fallen heros on this Memorial Day weekend.
"The price of freedom is not free and these soldiers, airmen and marines have laid down their lives for this country doing what they were told to do and it's just a thought to remember," said Col. Bill Glasgow, former commander for the 155th Brigade Combat Team of the Mississippi National Guard.
"It's a day of remembrance, remembering all the ones that could've been here, but not here," said veteran Richard Jones.
Featured speaker for today's ceremony was Mississippi Adjutant General William Freeman.