Laying of the Wreath Ceremony in Gautier

Today a wreath was placed in front of Gautier City Hall in honor of all the blood, sweat and sacrifices veterans made and continue to make for our country. The powerful ceremony was put on by American Legion Post 1992 and the city of Gautier.
November 11th, 1918 marked the end of one of the most devastating wars in history and the beginning of a national holiday honoring all veterans. Today, the city of Gautier and American Legion Post 1992 partnered for a wreath laying ceremony outside Gautier City Hall in honor of veterans. Air Force veteran Ivan McAllister said, “It’s an honor thing of those that we’ve lost, those that are serving, those that are able to be here today and all of the veterans. That’s what the wreath symbolizes.”
Veterans and community members surrounded the Veterans Tribute Tower as the wreath was placed, a powerful reminder of the cost of freedom. Navy veteran Robert Hardy said, “The whole process of wearing the uniform and maturing and carrying a pretty serious load at a very young age was probably one of the most memorable things I experienced in the Navy.”
Today’s tribute was all about honoring the past, saluting the present and inspiring future generations. Gautier Elementary School third graders were in attendance today.They gave a special performance and gained a history lesson. Third grader Matthew Metzger said, “Veterans Day is special because Veterans Day and veterans fought for our freedom.” Third grader Brooke Pate said, “I think Veterans Day is special because they help the environment.”
The commemorative ceremony also honored our first responders. Senator Brice Wiggins said, “They’re first on the scene to sacrifice in the face of cruel realities, such as Hurricane Katrina. They have always been with us and for that we thank you.”

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