HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An annual commemoration of Veterans Day in Hattiesburg has begun a little early this year. Saturday night, Vietnam War veterans were the guests of honor at a dance at the American Legion Post 24.
It was the kick-off of a three-day salute in the Hub City to our servicemen and women.
Veterans we spoke with hope all citizens will remember the importance of the holiday.
"The veterans are who keep us free," said veteran Marion Walley. "They gave a lot of their life for this freedom and this is a celebration, a time to say thanks to a veteran for the work you've done for our country," Walley said.
"Right now, there are a lot of very young men and women that are deployed all over the world so that we can enjoy the luxuries that we have here in this country," said Glenn Husted, another veteran. "I just can't go to bed tonight and not think about them, so keep them in your prayers," he said.
Sunday, a 24-hour vigil will begin at Veterans Memorial Park. At 7 p.m., a special service honoring local fallen heros will also be held at the park.
On Monday at 9 a.m., the 2nd annual Veterans Day Parade will be held along Hardy Street and at 10 a.m., the holiday activities will conclude with an annual program at Veterans Memorial Park.