A dozen members of the Jeff Davis County Veterans Association spent Monday morning installing memorial displays on each of the four major entrances into Hazlehurst.
The displays include 32 white wooden crosses. Each carries the name of a local military member that was killed in combat. They span from World War I to Vietnam. Each cross hold a small American flag on top. A larger cross in front of the row says "Some gave all". The group displays the crosses each Memorial Day. Organizers said they started the first display as a way to educate people about what the holiday is all about.
"The purpose is not the beginning of summer. It's a tribute to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. That's what made this country great. So we want to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. In Jeff Davis County, we've got 32 people," noted association president Richard Stone.
Before this, the group raised the money for a memorial outside the Jeff Davis County courthouse. The marble markers list each local veteran who served in combat.
"It's helped bring patriotism back to our community," added veteran Duke Campbell. "It's migrated into our local schools and our students are learning what it means to be patriotic. That's something our country needs more."