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Hattiesburg Celebrates Veterans Day

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Many residents gathered today at the Veteran's Memorial Park to celebrate Veterans Day.

"I was involved in a plane crash and a man was killed standing beside me but the lord had other plans for me," said Robert Tims, a local veteran.

He said that's just one memory he has from being apart of the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

"I've seen a lot of action while I was in Vietnam," he said.

Tims is a part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3036 Honor Guard. The City presented them with the  2013 "Veteran of the Year Award".

Organizers say they hope this program reminds everyone of the sacrifices each day that soldiers make for our country.

"Freedom is not free," said Ted Tibbett, chairman of the Hattiesburg Area Veterans Committee. "We are able to do the things we do because of the sacrifices of so many veterans before us and even our military present."

"It's very dear to our hearts,"he said.  "It's wonderful to have the day off to go shopping and cook out but the thing we want to do is honor all of our veterans."

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