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Mid-Southerners pay tribute to fallen heroes

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Mid-Southerners joined together Monday to remember local soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Thousands of soldiers are buried at the West Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery, and many of their friends and family members came out to honor them with a Memorial Day service.

Army veteran Jerry Johnson says we should take every opportunity to honor the men and woman died for our freedom.

"We are celebrating the soldiers and I just want to be part of the celebration," he said.

From the wreath-laying ceremony to the navy band to the bagpipes solo, veterans like Johnson applauded in celebration and saluted in remembrance. 

Widow Gerry Coulter was one of thousands of people who visited graves at the cemetery on Monday.

She and her marine veteran husband always came out out for Memorial Day Services. She continued the tradition alone after he died three years ago.

"Everybody makes a big sacrifice when they go over, and then some of them don't come back," she said.

A ceremony was also held at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven, Mississippi, where a chapel service was followed by a flag raising, bagpipe airs, 'Taps' on the bugle and the release of white doves.

Deborah Edwards, the widow of a naval officer who died last December, says service to this country shouldn't be taken for granted.

"I've gone up to every military person I see in uniform today, and I thank them," she said. "And I think everybody needs to thank them - not only them, but the families because they make the ultimate sacrifice."


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