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Veterans honored in downtown Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Both ceremonies featured the firing of weapons. At the Hinds County Jackson Courthouse supervisors or representatives of supervisors participated in the placing of memorial wreaths at the monument in front of the building which bears the names of all Hinds County residents who lost their lives in combat.

Later at the War Memorial Building next door to the Old Capitol, the Adjutant General of Mississippi, Major General Leon Collins reminded those present that freedom has always been bought with a price.

"Freedom has always been bought with a price. It has been bought with the service of men and women of all ages, and all races, with all backgrounds , all ethnic histories, throughout the years," said Major General Leon Collins.

Vietnam veterans were given special recognition at the hinds county ceremony. One of those Vietnam vets is Jake Smith, a former WLBT Advertising Salesman, who was an Infantryman in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

"People didn't really care about it. People didn't really talk about it. I never talked about it, to my family," Smith said.

Veteran's Day was originally Armistice Day, declared by President Woodrow Wilson to mark the end of World War I. It was changed to Veteran's Day in 1954 by the congress, to honor all veterans.


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