Preston, Miss. (WTOK) - Veterans Day was celebrated at mount Salem Baptist church with quite a performance.
Ret. Chief Master Sgt. Jerome Jackson of the National Guard and Deacon Jerome Jackson says the program was about veterans, but also the families left behind.
"We are reaching out to all vets, taking our time to honor each other- and honor our families that have suffered with us. We're looking more at them because we know they suffered just as much as we did," says Chief Master Sgt. Jackson.
The annual Veterans Day program included speakers, songs, a raffle and a dedication to fallen soldiers. And the programs theme: living a life of service.
"Veterans Day means to us having a strong force, our young people having a disciplined background- and having something to do other than what they do to make violence to use that same energy to make peace," says Chief Master Sgt. Jackson.
One veteran who attended the program says Veterans Day is important for past, present and future soldiers.
"It’s important to keep celebrating veterans day for all the soldiers that are fighting in the wars now and in the future wars and they should be recognized on veterans day," says Sr. Master Sgt. Johnny Moore.
Another veteran says the nation wouldn't be the same without sacrifice.
"Well without the veterans I don't think it'd be America. It wouldn't be the freedom we have," says Staff Sgt. Charlie Brooks Jr.