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Camp Shelby to host annual "Laying of the Wreaths"

Camp Shelby will host the annual, "Laying of the Wreaths" on Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Camp Shelby will host the annual, "Laying of the Wreaths" on Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

The soldiers and civilians at Camp Shelby are preparing for an annual Memorial Day service honoring America's fallen heros. Next Thursday at 10 a.m., the post will host the annual Laying of the Wreaths ceremony.

As part of the event, wreaths will be laid at all of the monuments on the grounds of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

The monuments represent soldiers which have trained at Camp Shelby since it first opened in 1917.

"What we do with that is we get a veteran, an officer and an enlisted soldier and each of them lays the wreath there," said Chad Daniels, director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum. "We (also) read out about the history of the unit and the people who served in that unit," Daniels said. 

"Those soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines who went before us are the reason that we're able to do what we do and it's important that we don't forget that," said Col. Brad Smith, commander of Camp Shelby.

The event will be free and open to the public.

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