SoWal Residents Pay Tribute at Gulf Cemetery for Memorial Day

By: Drew Steele Email
By: Drew Steele Email

As the American flag waves in the background several south Walton residents gather at the gulf cemetery Monday to pay their respects and remember those serving our country.

"The camaraderie and bringing everybody together to honor our veterans and all of our loved ones who have passed away too that are buried in this cemetery" said Patron Cheryl Freeze.

Program officials read the names of one hundred men and women lost throughout the year followed by the playing of taps.

"I think the taps was very emotional. That and the reading of taps which I had never heard before. So I thought that was very informative and kind of tears you up a little bit" said Program Coordinator William Freeze.

"It's just heartwarming to see all of these people here honoring our veterans and the people who are fighting for us at this time" said Cheryl Freeze.

Monday's ceremony may have been a brief glimpse into the past but it will have lasting effects into the future.

"It's the land of the free because of the brave and about twenty five percent of the people buried in this hallowed ground are veterans. All ranks. All males and females and it's just such an honor to be able to pay our respect to them" said William Freeze.

Next year the gulf cemetery will celebrate its one hundred year anniversary.

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