Every Memorial Day, Americans remember those who fought for our freedom, especially the 1.3 million people who've lost their lives for this country. Monday at the Biloxi National Cemetery, many south Mississippi residents gathered to remember what the day is truly about. Charles Barnes served our country in the United States Air Force from 1951 until he retired in 1980.
On Memorial Day, he remembers fellow veterans who lost their lives for our country. Barnes says, "A lot of everything, I have a son buried right over there, and it’s everything. I wouldn't miss it. It’s for those guys laying right out there and I honor them." Barnes lost his son, an Army veteran, to a heart attack at the young age of 45. Barnes also says, "He came home to Mama, and then he died of a heart attack at age 45, young man, but he served his time. My daughter, she served her time. We're all a military family."
Keynote speaker at the Biloxi National Cemetery's Memorial Service Monday was Brigadier General Patrick Higsby. He reminded his audience that Memorial Day is more than just the start of the summer season. Higsby says, "And while that’s all true and that’s all okay, we should be doing it bearing in mind that many paid dearly for us to have those freedoms and for us to have the opportunities to enjoy a weekend together with our family." Higsby says 1.3 million Americans have given their lives to keep America free, and that we shouldn't forget those who came home with battle scars. Higsby also says, "There are millions of others that have served and have taken away wounds, or died later on those are who we're remembering today."
Higsby says that while you’re enjoying the long weekend, keep in mind that it wouldn't be possible without the men and women who have fought overseas in America's 74 wars, especially those who no longer are able to celebrate with their families.