Trail of Honor draws thousands over the weekend - - Jackson, MS

Trail of Honor draws thousands over the weekend

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - If you ever wondered what it was like to fight for our country 200 years ago or even two months ago a walk on the Trail of Honor will take you there.

Re-enactors, equipment and uniforms representing the French and Indian War to the present wars in Afghanistan and Iraq lined the more than 2,600 feet long trail.

"The equipment has changed, but the soldier has not, that human being has not.  Through the cemetery and through the traveling wall, people get to see what the cost of war is," said Frank Janotta, a Trail of Honor organizer.

Along the way families could experience life on the battle field by riding in a Huey helicopter to firing weapons with those who risk their lives for our freedom every day.

"We are the primary insert and extract platform for insert and extract operations world wide. We are the only special operations Marine force in the world," said a first class special boat operator with Special Boat Team 22.

Special boat team 22 recently returned from a deployment in Iraq.  They came to Jackson again to be a part of the unique event.

"This is the second year for me and the rest of my crew.  It is amazing, its grown so much for last year.  We actually have two boats instead of one," said the first class special boat.

All in one place at one time war heroes gather, veterans from World War II to now sharing their stories.  "There's a lot of fellows that were true heroes that came through here. That's what makes it so significant. They all have a story to tell," said Korean War veteran Carroll Garrett.

"What we wanted to do when we started it we just wanted to say thank you.  That's what we do," said Janotta.

The Trail of Honor continued Monday morning at 9:00. That's when the arrival of 600 participants of Run For The Wall, a motorcycle expedition from Los Angeles to Washington D.C.

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