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Vicksburg National Cemetery remembers veterans this weekend

It is a patriotic scene this Memorial Day weekend at the Vicksburg National Cemetery.

A number of displays were set up Saturday at the Military Through the Ages event. It gives visitors an idea of how American service members lived during each battle our country has faced.

Period uniforms, equipment, vehicles and weapons were big attractions.

Volunteers and park staff decorated 18,000 graves at the cemetery with United States flags Friday.

Remembering those who fought for our freedom is part of the park's mission and important to many visitors.

"One of the key points our park tries to focus on is memorialization. All of the monuments here in the park, for the most part, were put in place by the veterans themselves, both North and South. They felt a great need to do that and we think Memorial Day is the best day to do it on," said Park Guide Jake Koch.

"We're headed down to Gulf Shores but we spent the night here in Vicksburg and wanted to come out and show the boys the Civil War battlegrounds and to understand the history this Memorial Day weekend," explained Benton, Arkansas visitor, Scott Dannelley.

The Military Through the Ages program will continue Sunday. It will begin at 9 A.M. and continue until 3 P.M.

Local veterans will lay a wreath on the grave of an unknown soldier Monday at the cemetery.

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