The Air Force ROTC cadets of the University of Southern Mississippi began a vigil at 10 A.M. Monday.
The vigil honoring veterans will last 24 hours, coming to a close with a ceremony on Veterans Day. The cadets will remain at the Hattiesburg Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Hattiesburg through the night.
At 7 P.M. Monday a list of names was read, each belonging to a brave man or woman who lost their life in service to our country. A bell rang after the reading of each veteran's name in remembrance. The 173 veterans were from Hattiesburg and died in combat, dating back to World War I.
After the Veterans Day Parade Tuesday morning, the cadets will participate in the city-wide ceremony conducted by the VFW. The parade is scheduled to end at Veterans Memorial Park around 9:30 A.M. The ceremony will begin shortly after.
The cadets will extinguish a candle in honor of POWs and MIAs. They will also retire the flag flying over the park. It will then be presented to the city's Veteran of the Year.