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New veteran's monument unveiled

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By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The new monument unveiled to the public for the first time Wednesday will honor all Mississippians who have died or will die in the global war on terror, going all the way back to August 2nd, 1990, when the first Persian Gulf War started.  It will be built near Newton.

The political leaders who were responsible for getting a new state veteran's cemetery, now under construction some three miles from Newton, were all there for the ceremony along with some members of the families of fallen soldiers.

So far, 88 Mississippians have made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror.  State Senator Terry Burton of Newton was one of many who sponsored the legislation.

"The vision was to build something Mississippi has never seen before, an 'Arlington of the South,' if you will," said Senator Burton.

One of the family members present for the unveiling was Carolyn Hicks, whose son, Jerry Don Dickerson of Durant and Yazoo City, was killed in the bombing of the Pentagon on 9/11.

"It brings tears, and I want to hold them back," said Hicks.  "It's beautiful.  It's exciting.  I think it's something all Mississippians will be proud of, and to get to meet some of the       gold-star mothers, it really stirs the heart."

She has become good friends with Mary Robinson of Madison, mother of Sergeant First Class Christopher L. Robinson of Brandon of the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces.  Christopher died in Afghanistan March 25th, 2006.

"It was emotional for me today for some reason," said Robinson.  "I guess just hearing his name, and each time you hear it, you think he is a part of something that you hope will never happen to your child."

The monument will be built in the state's first veteran's cemetery, on Highway 80 near Newton. It will be open in the Spring of 2011 and all veterans can be buried here for free.

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