Tribute to a Legend

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Wednesday marked the 53rd Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for "The Father of Country Music."

Friends, family and longtime fans were on hand at the gravesite of Jimmie Rodgers for the traditional salute to the singer and musician who popularized country music.

"I think it is very important because Jimmie is the Father of Country Music and he is well known, not only in Meridian but all over the world," said Anne Shine, Rodgers' second cousin.

This is also the 71st anniversary of Jimmie Rodgers' death.