Pass Christian Honors Veterans

War Memorial Park in Pass Christian stands year round in honor of the local soldiers lost in battle over the years, but on Memorial Day, it seems much more special.
The rain held off just long enough for Pass Christian’s wreath laying ceremony, and as the morning marched on, veterans began to remember time of war, and their brothers who didn’t come home.
Warner Doussan, a U.S. Marine, said “I was only 21 years old, but many times I think of those days. Those were the days we took for granted.”
Buck Sergeant Doussan says like many of his comrades, he didn’t fully appreciate Memorial Day until years after his service, but now couldn’t imagine not thanking those who came before him: “we are the land of the free because of veterans, because of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, because of those who believe in freedom for America and freedom for other people around the world.”
Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was called then, started in 1868. Its purpose was to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Pass Christian VFW Commander, Dwight Gordon, said, “It’s my job and a lot of the other veteran’s job not to let people forget the importance of the day, and what it means to us. There is a reason this holiday exists, and that is for those people who give us our freedoms, that lay down their life, the ultimate sacrifice, to ensure we are able to do and say the things we are able to do now, as free citizens.”

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