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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Sounds By The Sea honors fallen soldiers with music

America's heroes were celebrated with a grand musical celebration in Pascagoula Sunday night.

Patriotic favorites echoed throughout Beach Park, first from the Freedom Chorus then the Gulf Coast Symphony. Both musical groups each paid tribute in its own way to those who have put their lives on line to protect our freedoms.

"It is such a moving experience. It is beautiful," a spectator said. 

Sounds by The Sea attracted a sea of folks to the park. Many of them even wearing in red, white, and blue to honor fallen soldiers. 

"They have given, not just their life, but their wives, their families, their children. For years, they have taken from being with them to protect us, so we can be free here, and it just an awesome way to celebrate and honor them," Jackson County resident Duane Cook said. 

The Navy's newest submarine the USS Mississippi's arrived last week. Allowing its commander and crew members to be celebrated for their service. The special guests are in town for a commissioning ceremony this week. 

"Our people in uniform do a hard job, and they sacrifice greatly and they don't get a lot of pay and other privileges," Commanding officer John McGrath said. "Their big reward really is the respect and gratitude they get from the people they are fighting for. So it is a big deal and it means a lot to them." 

These crew members said they share this honor with the soldiers, sailors and marines thousands of miles away on foreign soil. 

"They are in the desert right now sweating, protecting our freedom, keeping us safe. They don't get opportunity to sit and relax like this. So it is important that we never forget them," said USS Mississippi crew member, Joshua Bordelon.

This is the 10th year Pascagoula has hosted Sounds by The Sea. 

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