Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2539 holds Memorial Day Ceremony

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2539, along with the City of Gulfport, held a Memorial Day Ceremony early Monday morning.

“It makes you feel invigorated, sad, but when you go into combat, you don’t think about should I or shouldn’t I or am I doing the right thing, it’s pretty much automatic.”

James ‘Doug’ Clark, a veteran U.S. Navy fighter pilot, was one of the many guest speakers at the Memorial Day Ceremony.

He used his voice to share stories of two fellow pilots that perished during the Vietnam War. “Mention their names, the type of people they were, and recognize them as fallen heroes.”

A touching speech that reminds us of the true importance behind the holiday. Bob Hardwood with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Patriot Riders said, “It’s nice to celebrate Veteran’s Day and Fourth of July, but these are people who actually gave their lives in service of our country.”

The Patriot Guard Riders were also invited to take part in honoring our fallen heroes. An invitation they were more than willing to accept, as they feel privileged to help with ceremony paying tribute to the selfless. “Everybody that’s joined the military is ready to give up their lives for the country they love. It gives you a lot of pride knowing what they gave up for our country.”

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