Remembrance and Respect: Fallen military veterans honored

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 28, 2019

NATCHEZ — Hundreds of people turned out for the 153rd Miss-Lou Memorial Day Celebration on Monday at the Natchez National Cemetery.

Members of a community band kept a steady drum cadence as they marched along the parade route on Cemetery Road in Natchez with veterans and everyday citizens who turned out to show their respects to the fallen military men and women who died in service to the nation.

Krystine Gatlin said she traveled from McComb on Monday to take part in the annual Miss-Lou Memorial Day celebration.

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“Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and respect for our fallen heroes who have given their lives for the ultimate sacrifice,” said Gatlin, a retired Army veteran of 26 years.

Gatlin said she chose to participate in Natchez’s celebration Monday over other celebrations in Baton Rouge or McComb, and she brought her daughter Olivia Thomas, 24, a student at Texas A&M along with her.

Kianna Bates, a junior at Natchez High School, was on hand Monday to present and retire the colors as a member of the JROTC program.

“I love it,” Bates said of the Memorial Day program that she said she has participated in for three years. “It is interesting.”

Her fellow JROTC member Kiseki Hamilton, a sophomore agreed.

“I think it is a great way to remember people who served our country,” Hamilton said.

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell was on hand and read a proclamation declaring Monday Memorial Day in Natchez.

Members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors, Calvin Butler and Rickey Grey also were on hand as well and Butler read a proclamation from the county.

Laura Ann Jackson was the master of ceremonies for the event that included prayers from Douglas McCallister of Point Man International Ministries.

Snogjagela Johnson, Natchez Veteran Service officer, was the speaker for the day, and quoted John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” in honoring the fallen war heroes who had made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation.