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Six Mississippi Vets Inducted Into Wall of Honor

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 11 Nov 2013 10:42am | comments

Veterans across Mississippi are being honored today for their valor, courage and sacrifice. MPB's Lawayne Childrey attended a ceremony at  the VA Medical Centers Wall of Honor.

It was standing room only at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center as Family, friends and military officials paid homage to six Mississippi Heroes. Retired United States Air Force General, Robert "Doc: Foglesong served as keynote speaker. He says those being honored helped define the character of the nation by the sacrifices they were willing to make.

"  And in this case veterans have made incredible sacrifice to ensure our freedom and our opportunity. So the character of our nation is somewhat defined by the character of our nation is somewhat defied by the nearly 40 million veterans that have served in uniform. And  by the way currently serve. Those young men and women who are currently serving are actually defining our character and our way ahead in freedom and opportunity."

Many of the men and women serving today do are able to do so because of the efforts of Wall of Honor inductee, Retired Major Wayne Burkes of the Mississippi National Guard.

"I served in the Korean conflict and then after I was commissioned and was awarded my pilot wings I flew a number of missions to a number of different countries. Including Vietnam and Korea and Japan and Europe and all those places. But you know I enjoyed flying airplanes and I always thought felt like that what you enjoy doing you'll do a good job at it."

"It's something that you can never, never forget."

Retired Army Staff Sergeant Hillard Carter distinguished himself in 1966 during a Vietnam mission where he lost his arms and eyesight in order to save his own men.

"You stay in the military because you are put in with people that you don't know and some that you will never meet again. But while you are there you bond and you learn to care and love each other in a brotherly way."

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are more than 200 thousand living veterans in Mississippi. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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