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A Day of Remembrance

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The American fighting men and women who gave their lives defending our nation and our freedom were remembered in Hinds County Monday. 

A ceremony honoring those lives  was held in downtown Jackson. Hundreds gathered on the lawn of the Hinds County Courthouse to pay their respects to soldiers from Hinds County that paid the price for our freedom. 

Many at the event were veterans who were eyewitnesses to that cost. 

"It reminds me of all my buddies that were killed during the war," said veteran Charlie Fitts. 

Several generations of soldiers were honored at the program called "A Day of Remembrance," which preserves the legacy of the more than 500 Hinds County natives who fell on battlefields all over the world. 

From World War One to the war on terror, it's a day for county residents to express their gratitude to those that gave all. 

"It's a blessing, it's good to know this country still takes pause to say thank you," said J.R. Jones with the U.S. Navy. 

Jones said he was moved by the turnout. So many making the day a priority, putting patriotism on full display. 

"This is an honor to be a part of this, because of the fact that it shows the respect for the freedom we observe today," said Sam Clay, commander of VFW Post 9832. 

The ceremony was filled with tradition. The 41st Army Band Brass Quintet inspiring the crowd. 

In addition, a wreath was placed at the memorial. Retired Mississippi Army National Guard Colonel and WLBT news director Dennis Smith had the opportunity to place the wreath.

From the podium as the event's keynote speaker, he expressed his thanks to those which made the ultimate sacrifice. 

"The liberties that we have to be able to celebrate Memorial Day and all the other holidays, hopefully those people that are off and having fun stop and reflect just a little bit about what this all means," said Smith. 

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