Today in Gulfport, the community came together for a Veterans Day Ceremony at the VFW Post 2539.
This free event was open to the public and for anyone looking to say thanks to those who served. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes attended the ceremony and presented a proclamation.
Mayor Hewes tells News 25 this is more than just a day off for Americans and Veterans Day is something we should never take for granted. “It’s a sacred duty that these soldiers, these men and women have made our country, many of them paying the ultimate sacrifice. So, it’s not just the veterans, those who wear the uniform of the many services, but their families, too. There’s a sacrifice there when folks are deployed and there’s concerns, but we need days like today for the realization and remembrance of exactly why we enjoy the freedoms we do.”
According to militarytimes.com, the City of Gulfport is ranked in the top ten when it comes to favorable places for veterans to retire.