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Editorial: Saluting county’s veterans

The weekend was a time to begin prepping for Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas season, but we made sure to take a moment Saturday to recognize Veterans Day and think about the many county residents who served and continue to serve.

We’ve been fortunate to speak to many veterans — from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Iraq War — and we’ve always appreciated their time.

Some of our fondest memories are of speaking with former Ridgeland resident Rudy McCormack several years ago about his time serving during World War II and how he met his wife, Willie Agnes “Bill” McCormack, during a 1940 hurricane; talking for hours to many wounded veterans who spent time through the years at Palm Key as part of Lt. Dan Week; and of greeting Mary Cope from time to time, this year’s Sergeant Jasper Award winner who enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and served during World War II.

They are many other experiences that we were reminded of on Veterans Day. We appreciate them all.

Kudos to Wreaths campaign

We are pleased with the response of the Wreaths Across America campaign in Ridgeland, spearheaded by Mary Wallace Berry. Ridgeland Cemetery is part of a mission to honor veterans and in a December ceremony at the cemetery wreaths will adorn the graves of the county’s veterans.

Berry and her team aim to honor as many veterans as possible. As of last week they had wreaths planned to recognize more than 150 veterans. A list provided by the Wreaths Across America committee noting veterans interred at Ridgeland Cemetery is on our website and inside this week’s Jasper County Sun Times.

The committee encourages families to contact them if any veterans haven’t yet been recognized by emailing Berry at mwberry1975@gmail.com.

We know the list grew last week and we hope it continues to grow in the coming weeks.

“Those who served and even those who have served or are currently serving need to be recognized,” Berry said.

We agree and we applaud the committee’s efforts.

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