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Hundreds of families celebrate Memorial Day weekend

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HINDS AND RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Memorial day weekend was in full swing Saturday and the Mississippi Highway Patrol was making sure roadways were safe.

From Friday night at 6:00 p.m. to Saturday evening, MHP officers had written more than 2,600 citations.  Thirty five collisions haD occurred causing eleven injuries.  None of the wrecks were alcohol related.

All across the Jackson metro area families were out having fun.  A sunny day at the Ross Barnett Reservoir had families flocking to Lakeshore Park, but prime spots in the shade filled up fast.

"We came out kind of rather early like about seven. We are cooking chicken, ribs, hamburger, hot dogs, the usual!" exclaimed Rhonda Bass of Jackson.

Boats criss crossed over the water while those staying on dry land take in the view.  "it's just a nice day today.  We thought we'd come out and enjoy," said Michelle Brown of Jackson.

Memorial Day weekend is a time to relax and reflect on those who served or are continuing to serve our country.

"I have a granddad and a brother and a cousin. They're all in the armed forces and to me it's like celebrating them," said Charles Murray.

At Broad Street Cafe, customers pass by a "Wall of Honor" and are encouraged to add names of their own heroes.

"It's just here so we can show our support for the troops past and present," said Broad Street Service Manager Montie Moore.

A number of names were already written by loved ones.

"Jerry Moize was in school with my son and he's been in Iraq," said Lee Jackson.

"Staff Sergeant Daniel Steelgrove. That is my fiance," said Bonnie Scafidel.  "We will be getting married in August.  He's been back from Iraq for about three months. He was deployed for about ten months total."

"My uncle who was killed in Vietnam, someone else from Vietnam," said Moore.  "You can put someone currently serving in the military.  It doesn't matter.  It's a wall of honor. So we're showing our support for the troops."

 The wall will remain at Broad Street Bakery through Sunday.

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