Southaven holds annual Memorial Day tribute

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - The City of Southaven held its annual tribute to fallen heroes Monday.  It was a time to pause, reflect and honor those who helped the cause of freedom.

People gathered this Memorial Day as they have for the past 16 years at Twin Oaks Memorial Garden in Southaven to say thank you to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  The annual Memorial Day service for the courageous men and women of the military honored them for a job well done.

Don Wilkinson of the US Air Force said the tribute was meaningful.

"To see all these people coming out and paying their respects to the dead and to the military," Wilkinson said, "it means quite a bit."

With the American flag flying at half staff, a 21-gun salute along with a rendition of Taps and a lone bagpipe in the distance, people were moved with memories and reminders of those left behind.

Veterans from military conflicts of the past were greeted by those who now serve our country.

Southaven Alderman William Brooks served in Iraq and was critically wounded, losing both legs.  He said Memorial Day is more than just barbecue and fellowship.

"You also need to remember there was bloodshed, lives given," Brooks said, "sacrifice so we can live in the wonderful country we live in."

Those at the event said we must never forget those generations who gave their lives and we must continue to pray for those who still continue the fight.

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