Veterans Honored in Newton

By: Will Harkins Email
By: Will Harkins Email

Newton, Miss. Mississippi's Veterans Cemetery in Newton held its annual salute to those who serve and have served.

Special guests included the Rev. Edsol Wells, World War II veteran and recipient of the French Legion of Honor, and CPL C.J. Stewart of the 101st Airborne.

Stewart served in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was wounded in action. He is now retired from service but says he doesn't see himself the same way he sees veterans from previous generations.

"It's one of those things where I don't know if I'll ever see myself as the guys that were here today. We had a World War II vet share his story. We had Korean War vets, Vietnam vets. There was a couple Operation Iraqi Freedom guys from Iraq here as well," said Stewart. "So it's just one of those things where you see legacy of the generations that came ahead of you, and you hope that you can, with honor and respect, carry on their legacy."

Not all in attendance were there for the ceremony. One Marine stood beneath the American flag during the playing of Taps to honor his late wife and his brother who are buried at the cemetery.

"I'm here honoring all the veterans who served, all the men and women who served, especially my late wife of 42 years and my late brother who is also buried here on these grounds," said SGT Jimmy Ward, Sr., a Vietnam veteran.

The Mississippi Veterans Cemetery opened in 2011 and now has 87 total acres.


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