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The stories of military service members come alive in Vicksburg

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Past military service members and their stories came alive Saturday night at the Vicksburg National Cemetery.

The second annual Shadows of the Past gave visitors a chance to hear the stories of military service members buried at the cemetery. The tourists also heard the stories of family members searching for lost loved ones after the Civil War. The actors were played by park staff.

More than 400 people from across the region were expected to walk through the candlelight tour.

20,000 service members from as far back as the Civil War all the way to Vietnam War are buried at the national cemetery.

The Veterans Day event comes 149 years after the siege of Vicksburg by Union forces.

"We do this to commemorate and remember the sacrifice made by Americans, not necessarily Confederate. Not necessarily Union, Yankees or Rebels, but American soldiers that fought here and at Vicksburg," explained U.S. Park Ranger Ray Hamel.

All fees at the Vicksburg Military Park will be waived this weekend to celebrate Veterans Day.

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