Presenting a wreath in honor of those who gave their lives are Sid Price and Charles Dilworth, American Legion; James Griffin, Marine Corps League; and Jerry Eaton, Military Order of the Purple Heart. / Staff photos by Jebb Johnston
Under a U.S. flag flying at half-staff, locals gathered at Corinth National Cemetery Sunday afternoon to remember the fallen.
Those resting in the cemetery had the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self, said Doug Hayhurst, chief of staff of the Mississippi State Guard.
“What we’re really here honoring today is that spirit of service that is common to all who have put on the uniform,” he said.
While the Memorial Day holiday is often viewed as heralding the arrival of summer fun, Hayhurst said it should be a time to say, “We remember.”
“The Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and II, and the Korean War are all but ancient history,” he said. “The Vietnam War and Desert Storm are quickly becoming a fading memory. With recent operations, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, we have once again been thrust into the position of remembering those who are fighting and dying today.”
Hayhurst served in the federal forces in various capacities from 1968 to 2010. He recently became chief of staff of the state guard, a volunteer organization that may supplement the forces of the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Among the numerous veterans in attendance was Bill Huff, who has many connections to the cemetery — two headstones in particular.
“I have an uncle that was killed at Anzio in World War II … never returned his body,” he said. “I have another uncle on my mother’s side that disappeared at the Battle of Chosin in Korea in 1950. We’ve never seen nor heard from him since then. Aside from all the other men and women that’s out here, those are very special and dear to me.”
Two wreaths were laid beneath the flag to honor the war dead — one by the Daughters of Union Veterans and another by the American Legion, Marine Corps League and Military Order of the Purple Heart. The U.S. Veterans and Family Honors group fired three volleys and played “Taps.”