NAS Volunteers Get Their Hands Dirty

Members of the NAS Meridian Petty Officers Association spent Friday morning volunteering at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton.

They not only helped with landscaping, but also gave back to their fallen brothers and sisters.

Those who serve our country in the military form a bond that is often times indescribable. Wanting to give back to those who have given all, four petty officers braved the heat and grabbed pitch forks and shovels to do some landscaping.

This is not the first time Navy base personnel have helped out at the cemetery grounds.

"We've had them come out when we've had ceremonies. We've had the Marines come out and do stuff and the students from NTTC have come out and helped us pull weeds from the flower beds. NAS has given us a lot of support volunteer-wise," said Tim Lockley, cemetery director.

All the local military installations are ready and able to volunteer in the veterans cemetery .Those who are currently in our military have found this a great opportunity to give back to their fallen comrades.

"It feels good to give back. That's what I'm here for. In my opinion in general it's a good place to a fulfill that," said ET1 Garry Compton. "I work at the reserve center at NAS Meridian and I work behind a desk most of the week, so it's a good time to get my hands dirty and help give back something."

"The country that I came from, which is a communist regime, that come in here, we have dreamed since we were young that we have liberty. And this country, we have the liberty and once we are right here, for me to serve the military, be able to join and do so many years serving this wonderful country that has given me so much is always a pleasure," said ABH2 Dubiell de Zarraga.


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