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Covington County Vietnam War dead honored

A monument honoring Covington County Vietnam War veterans is unveiled Saturday in Collins. A monument honoring Covington County Vietnam War veterans is unveiled Saturday in Collins.
COLLINS, MS (WDAM) -

A local patriotic organization has honored the Covington County men who were killed in action in the Vietnam War. In a ceremony Saturday, the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society Society unveiled a monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.

It includes the names of the four soldiers who died in that war. 

During the service, a bell was rung for each of them, Taps was played and a wreath was placed at the monument.

The four soldiers honored are James Pope, Edward Washington, Jr., Joseph Blackwell and Evelyn F. Langford.

"My feeling was that they've always been under-appreciated and as I tell folks, this is our way of giving them a permanent thank you," said William Rogers, president of the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society.

"It's awesome, it's real good," said Gary Langford, brother of Evelyn F. Langford. "We're happy to have it, it means a lot to us," he said.

"I am honored that his name is finally on a monument and I'm sure he is too," said Molly Tennison, sister of James R. Pope. "I'm sure he would be proud," she said.

William Rogers also read aloud the names of each of the county residents who served in Vietnam.

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