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MS remembers in 9/11 Brandon service

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

"Mississippi Remembers" was the name of a 9/11 Memorial Sunday afternoon in Brandon.

Exchange Club soccer fields were transformed to a field of 1,500 American flags. The featured speaker was Medal of Heroism recipient Sergeant Major Tony Rose. During his speech, Rose stressed the importance of the American flag as a symbol of freedom.

Today is also a time to stop and remember the first responders who died doing their jobs when the Twin Towers collapsed.

"Not all heroes wear helmets. Some gave blood, some gave their own blood. It's for them that I hope 100 years from now that we'll still be remembering," said Chief Rob Martin, Brandon Fire Department.

"Just to see all this to keep everything in perspective, you never know when something can happen anywhere and it's good for events like this to keep people vigilant and ready for anything that happens," added Asst. Chief Chris Butts, Brandon Fire Department.

"Today, the way I see it, we are more remembering the fire fighters and police officers who were called to do their jobs in a time of need and we took the torch from them and now we are carrying on our business," said Lt. Neal Rockhold/Cmdr. 113th M.P. Company.

Meanwhile, also in Brandon, family members of the 113th Military Police company held a yellow ribbon ceremony to honor their soldiers. The 113th is staging at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg before deployment to Kuwait. The yellow ribbons with the names of each member of the company will remain in front of the Brandon Armory until the unit returns from active duty.

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