Jackson County Celebrates Veterans Day

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Updated: 11/11/2013 8:13 pm
For some, it's an emotional reminder of lost friends and family. For Duncan and Jane, the Veterans Day Parade and Program in Jackson County is a little more special. It has been five years since their son, Major Michael Green, died in battle. Jane Green of Gautier says, "You would think it gets a little bit easier, but when you lose someone in a tragic experience, it never gets much easier." Their son, along with four others, was recognized as fallen soldiers. Their names were read and the families were asked to stand. Duncan McLean of Gautier says, "We learn to live with it, but the memories are still there." At the Veterans Memorial Monument in Moss Point, there are names of fallen soldiers carved into the wall. Michael Lee Green's name is among them, reminding us that freedom isn't free. Cicil Stork, a Navy veteran, says, "It's heartbreaking, you know. It all upsets me." Today, Stork is celebrating his 94th birthday, and while he celebrates his own life, he pays tribute to those that have served. Stork says, "It's good to see all the other veterans out here as well. We have people from all over." P.O.W. and M.I.A. ceremonies were performed. A military gun salute was also performed. This is the thirteenth year that Jackson County has given this touching tribute.


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