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Aberdeen Memorial Day ceremony

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 5/26/2014 6:46 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss (WTVA) --For those in attendance, it was a day to remember.

"O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave," sang an Aberdeen youngster.

A day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of our country.

It's why, to many veterans, Memorial Day is special.

"Thank God somebody set the time up so we could relate with the losses of our brother officers in combat. And the widows and the families and all, it brings back memories," said James W. Ables with the Post Advocate for the American Legion Post 26.

"Today is a day that we honor all of our fallen comrades that have given their lives for this country. As a veteran, how fortunate that I was that I made it and made it back home," said Buzzy Cullum, also of the American Legion Post 26.

As members of Post 26 fired off the ceremonial salute to the fallen, those in attendance had time to reflect upon what Memorial Day really means to those who have lived with a veteran.

About two weeks before today's ceremony, members of Post 26 made a memorial in the cemetery to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

There was a ceremonial folding of the American flag, each fold symbolizing something patriotic and even spiritual.

When it was all said and done, some of those in attendance were glad they came and glad that in America, there is a day set aside to remember the fallen soldier.

"Oh I love it, if I had to crawl I would come again," replied Eva Roberts of Hamilton who was in attendance.

"It means everything. My husband spent 23 years in the service. Air Force. We retired here at Columbus Air Force Base," said Mary Carter, also of Hamilton.

"So many of them have relatives that have been to war that was not fortunate enough to make it back here and this is the day that we're doing this. Today is Memorial Day, how blessed, we are, how fortunate we are," said Cullum.

The Aberdeen Memorial Day celebration took place at the Odd Fellow Cemetery.

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