Not even the sun and heat could keep people away from the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton County on Monday morning.
This was the second annual Memorial Day program held at the Veterans cemetery and officials there say it is important to let the family members of service men and women know how much we appreciate their loved ones fighting for our freedom. Everyone we talked said it's just hard to describe what it means to them to see everyone paying tribute to the veterans.
"To make sure that we honor those that have served and honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice," retired Navy Captain Kurt Goldacker says. "And let those children realize just how important it is."
"It makes me feel good and very proud of our country that they've recognized Sgt. Matthew Ingram," Patricia Ingram says. "And not just him, but the other ones. We've got over 109 people on the wall. This is a great tribute to the fallen soldiers."
"Without the one's that have gone before us, you and I wouldn't be standing here today," Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery director Timothy Lockey says. "We don't know what would have happened."
For Patricia Ingram, it has been three years since her son matthew was killed in the line of duty. Matthew not only left behind his mom, but a wife and daughter, who is now 4-years old.
"Through time it is easier, but you never really get over it," Ingram admits. "There's always when you sit down at Thanksgiving or Christmas or his birthday. You're constantly reminded of the sacrifice he gave."
Service men and women and family members of those lost want you to know that Memorial Day is not just an ordinary holiday. They say it's a day to remember freedom and where it came from.