President Obama's Memorial Day speech has local flavor

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - President Obama's Memorial Day tribute to America's fallen military at Arlington National Cemetery Monday had a Hattiesburg connection.

The President placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and later spoke of the sacrifices made by military members and their families.

Chief Resource Officer for the Hattiesburg School District Tony Davis says he received a call from the White House Friday asking him for permission to use an excerpt from a letter he had written to the President concerning the death of his son in Iraq last year.

"The president had read the letter I had written him after my son Anthony MaGee had passed away," said Davis. "He read the letter and he was touched by it, moved by it and said he wanted permission to use an excerpt during his Memorial Day address and I told them by all means do so sir."

Davis says the five paragraph letter contained personal feelings about what happened to his son and how he feels about the rest of the military being in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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