JACKSON COUNTY Jackson County residents honored members of the military today, both dead and living. The event takes place each year on the lawn at the Jackson County Courthouse. Veterans say it's important for people to remember the reason for this holiday.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22 of Marianna has made the Jackson County Memorial Day ceremony an annual event.
This year's guest speaker retired brigadier general Stanley Wisnioski, summed up the meaning of the holiday in a few short sentences.
“We have to remember all of the sacrifices," he explained. "I mean, what more can you do but sacrifice your life for another. And that's what our soldiers, sailor, marines and so forth have done ever since this country was founded."
The Cottondale resident served our nation long before most of these audience members were born.
"I think youngsters, our grandchildren, great-grandchildren need to know the sacrifices that we made to get that freedom that we still have."
Some feel that people have forgotten the real meaning of the holiday.
"Most people associate this with barbecuing and just having fun," said Debra Jones-Mann. "It's about honoring the veterans, honoring those that came before and lost their lives so that we can have this life---this quality of life."
"You want to bring to folks that are here the purpose and the dedication of all of the people that we have lost over the years in battle."
The local Buffalo Soldiers posted the color. The ceremony concluded with a gun salute by American Legion Post 241.