Collins Veterans Home holds annual Memorial Day ceremonies

Residents at the Collins Veterans Home Held their annual Memorial Day Ceremonies today in Collins. Flags were placed outside of the home and a wreath was laid at the Veterans Memorial.
Residents at the Collins Veterans Home Held their annual Memorial Day Ceremonies today in Collins. Flags were placed outside of the home and a wreath was laid at the Veterans Memorial.

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - Residents at the Collins Veterans Home Held their annual Memorial Day Ceremonies today in Collins. Flags were placed outside of the home and a wreath was laid at the Veterans Memorial.

A flag was also presented as a way of remembering our fallen heroes. Family, friends and loved ones gathered at the home to celebrate this Memorial Day with the resident veterans there.

Memorial Day is held each time this year to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Charles Kroen, a World War II veteran says that he's grateful for the attention that the day brings.
 
"It makes you feel good that they remember you and what you did," Kroen said, " I mean, it took a piece out of your life and we all had to serve one way or another."
 
Another veteran, James Sanford said that he always gets emotional on Memorial Day.
 
"Whenever I see people honoring our veterans, it really touches me in an emotional way." said Sanford, "I'm kind of an emotional person and it just brings tears to my eyes pretty quick."
 
Memorial Day started after the Civil War when laying flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers became a tradition.