Wreath Laying Ceremony preparations
Today, members from all branches of the Armed Forces teamed up with South Mississippi residents and businesses for a special mission to honor our veterans who have been laid to rest at the Biloxi National Cemetery.
Ginger Walker retired after serving 22 years in the Army, but she was on the front lines at the Biloxi National Cemetery as she and more than a hundred other veterans and volunteers replaced bows and spruced up wreaths that will be laid on all graves during a special ceremony Saturday. “I feel like everybody interred here are my brothers and sisters, regardless of what service they were in, all ages, prior, present, future veterans, we’re all the same.”
It’s a labor of love for Debin Brown. Her son, Dakota, passed away at age 20, but she says Dakota lived life to the fullest and loved everyone. Now it’s the love and support of others that help her carry on. This wreath laying ceremony helps lift her spirits and lets her know she’s not alone, especially during this time of year: the second holiday season she’s spent without her beloved son. “I’ve met a lot of people, parents like me who have lost somebody, or brothers or sisters. It’s kind of a family when you meet more people who understand how you feel.”
This is just one reason why Crusaders for Veterans started this annual wreath laying ceremony five years ago with help from local businesses like Fayard’s Trucking and Riemann Funeral Homes.
The ceremony pays tribute to those who have served our country and provides therapy for those who are left behind. “My son is in Illinois, buried up there. He’s not down here, but having this down here we are able to interact as Gold Star Families come out, interact, talk with them and give them the incentive to get out here and be a part of it so that they’re not at home drowning in their own misery. They’re out here seeing these other families.”
The wreath laying ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Biloxi National Cemetery. Everyone is invited to come out and lend a hand to help honor the memory of the more than 12,000 service members and their families who are laid to rest at the cemetery.