Veterans hope Pine Belt will remember real reason for Memorial Day

Veterans hope Pine Belt will remember real reason for Memorial Day

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This Memorial Day, many of us will be enjoying a long weekend of barbecues, water sports and other activities. But, some local veterans who attended a holiday event Friday at Hattiesburg's African-American Military History Museum, hope all of us will keep in mind the real meaning of Memorial Day, as we spend time with family and friends.

"I would like them to pause and think about what made it possible for them to be doing what they're doing," said Ralph Lindsey, an Army veteran. "And, for the ones that gave all, just remember and pray for them," he said.

"It's just a time for us to be reflective of what freedom means," said Alvin Eaton, an Air Force veteran.

"Remember the ones that went before us and also, think about the things that are going on today, to work together, even in civilian life," said Albert Barnett, a Vietnam War veteran.

The event Friday also celebrated the sixth anniversary of the opening of the museum.