The Fort Jackson community honored the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation May 28, at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Fort Jackson's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, Command Sgt. Maj. Lamont Christian, senior enlisted leader for the installation, and Sgt. Ricardo Saintmelus, the post's Soldier of the Year, presented a wreath during the rain-soaked ceremony.

Although the official ceremony was cancelled due to the inclement weather, Johnson felt it was important to show respect to the men and women buried at the cemetery.

Despite the weather, many from throughout the area stood in the rain as the wreath was hung on the flagpole. Johnson made brief remarks following the wreath laying to acknowledge all the members of the military who laid down their lives in support of freedom.