Hattiesburg museum hosts Memorial Day Tribute, celebrates sixth anniversary

Hattiesburg museum hosts Memorial Day Tribute, celebrates sixth anniversary
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Guests attend the Memorial Day Tribute at Hattiesburg's African-American Military History Museum Friday. Photo source: WDAM
Guests attend the Memorial Day Tribute at Hattiesburg's African-American Military History Museum Friday. Photo source: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - America's fallen soldiers were remembered during a Memorial Day Tribute Friday at Hattiesburg's African-American Military History Museum.

The event featured prayers for the country's war dead and a flag-raising ceremony for individual branches of the armed forces.

Organizers also remembered Seaman 2nd Class Willie Johnson of Hattiesburg and Private First Class James B. Jones of Laurel, two World War II veterans and supporters of the museum who recently died.

"It's a holiday of remembrance, of things that have come and gone and everyone coming together and think of all our branches of the military," said Albert Barnett, a Vietnam veteran who attended the ceremony.

"It's a time to be reflective of the many comrades that gave the most precious thing in existence, their lives," said Alvin Eaton, a U.S. Air Force veteran who also attended.

The event also celebrated the sixth anniversary of the opening of the museum, which had served as a USO for black soldiers in Hattiesburg during World War II.