COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Approximately 200 people attended a Veterans Day program ceremony held outside of the Marion County Courthouse in Columbia Monday morning.
The colors were posted, the anthem was sung, the allegiance was pledged, speakers spoke, the armed forces were saluted, a wreath was placed, a prayer was spoken and taps was played.
"It is just an honor just to serve," said VFW Post 90 commander Laura Franklin. "The fact that people sacrifice, they committed themselves to make the sacrifice for the country." That is the most outstanding thing that I think that anyone could possibly do."
"Today we are a nation that is in trouble," said VFW chaplain Reeve Barrow. "We have a generation that a great portion of it hates our country. And a generation that hates our country will not defend it. We owe these here a debt of gratitude. For freedom is definitely not free."
The ceremony was hosted by the local board of supervisors, Marion County veterans, Columbia MS. mayor and the local garden club.