Veterans Day celebration in Newton

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NEWTON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton put on a special celebration in the city of Newton this morning to honor those who have fought and are currently fighting for our country.

Sunday marked 100 years since the end of World War I. Americans everywhere come out each year on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour to honor and remember the official end of the war.

"To celebrate the end of World War I, Armistice Day, is what this day started out as. Now, as we go through life and as we see all the global conflicts out there, we have a steady stream of veterans who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect us. I think it's good and right that we thank them and honor them,” says Miss. Senate President Pro Tem Terry Burton.

The ceremony in Newton included 21 gun salute and the playing of taps. Speakers at the ceremony say having events like this are important.

"To remember the sacrifices that people made for us, so that we could have the religious freedoms that we have and basically every freedom we do have. We are very happy with our turnout. We are very happy that people still remember our veterans and what they did for us,” says speaker Zeb Swain.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Morgan served as a guest speaker. He says having the community come out and support veterans is remarkable.

"Americans have always supported the military. It is from this community that we derived our membership and it's been that way ever since the creation of this country. It is very important to show support for our veterans because it shows respect and it shows they are remembered,” says Lt. Colonel Morgan.

Veterans Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day.