Honoring our veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home
Hundreds of people gathered on a single mission at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport today for its annual open house.
News 25’s Toni Miles was at this annual event and shows us how people from all walks of life honored our military men and women.
Patriot Guard Rider Curtis Erickson looked on with pride as a new generation of Coast Guardsmen touched down at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport. It was a nostalgic moment, considering Erickson’s twenty years of service before retiring from the Coast Guard. “It’s nice to see they are still doing their job very well every day. Lots of things change over time, but the service that the Coast Guard provides for our country doesn’t change with time.”
It’s this timeless service from all branches of our nation’s military that’s behind this open house and ceremony held each year by the Armed Forces Retirement Home when the Veterans Day holiday rolls around.
People from all walks of life turned out to pay tribute. South Mississippi retired astronaut Fred Haise of Apollo 13, also a veteran, took center stage as keynote speaker. Christopher Alexander with the Armed Forces Retirement Home said, “Community is part of the reason we open our doors once a year, to let the people from the community come in and see what we do, who we serve, and let them get a taste of what we do behind those gates on Highway 90.”
Members from all branches of the nation’s military came out for this special ceremony and they all agree on one thing: there’s a great price to pay for the freedoms that we enjoy today. “It’s great to be part of the ceremony here at the Armed Forces Retirement Home as there are so many people here who have served our country for so many years. They have a lot of interesting stories to tell. They’re such great people. It’s really an honor to be with them here today,” said Erickson.