Veterans honored at Doughboy Monument

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Everyone across the country has been celebrating our veterans and their bravery when it comes to protecting us. In Meridian, several community members came out to honor our local veterans Saturday morning.

Veterans from all branches of the military came out to be honored at the Doughboy Monument in Downtown Meridian.

Each military branch was recognized while their salutes sounded. Families of those who serve and have served were also recognized for the support they give.

American Legion Post 257 Commander David Sloan says it is important for the citizens to honor veterans and acknowledge everything they do for our country.

"Freedom is not free,” says Commander Sloan. “It is worth fighting for and standing up for and every generation should understand what the generation before them has done to keep our way of life.”

Retired Marine Sergeant Leroy Morse served in the Korean War. Sergeant Morse says he enjoys seeing the community coming together to celebrate what veterans have done for them.

"It’s a great time that we see that our people that do respect veterans because they attend these events,” says Sergeant Morse.

The ceremony concluded with the laying of the wreaths, the playing of “Taps,” and a 21 gun salute.