Hattiesburg celebrates Veterans Day

Hattiesburg celebrates Veterans Day

Hattiesburg spent Veterans Day in remembrance of those who have served our country.

The festivities kicked off with a parade down Hardy Street. Residents lined the streets, waving flags and enjoying the bands that marched by.

"Let's go America! USA!" chanted a group of patriotic students.

The parade concluded at Veterans Memorial Park, where the 32nd annual Veterans Day Service began.

"It's a real honor to have served my country," said one veteran.

The Air Force ROTC cadets from the University of Southern Mississippi ended their 24-hour vigil at 10 A.M. and retired the flag that has flown over the park for the past year. It was awarded to the 2014 Veteran of the Year, Henry Bethley.

"It was a stiff competition and I feel honored to be selected out of that group," said Bethley.

Each branch of the military was represented by their flag, reminding folks that freedom is not free. For all who serve, past, present, and future, we thank you.