HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg's African-American Military History Museum hosted an early holiday celebration for "Old Glory" Saturday.
Several dozen people gathered for an event in commemoration of Flag Day, which is actually June 14.
It featured the Pledge of Allegiance, the playing of the National Anthem and a demonstration by Camp Shelby Youth Challenge cadets of the proper way to fold the Stars and Stripes.
"We think it's important to have (the ceremony), to commemorate that and also, to use it as an educational tool for the community at large, but especially, our young people in the community," said Sheila Varnado, president of the African-American Military History Museum.
"It represents our nation, our flag, for our soldiers that have fallen," said Blake Wigley, a Youth Challenge cadet from Saucier, Miss.
"It's not all fun and games, because at lot of people have died for a good cause, for our freedom, things that we could do," said Shekarris Taylor, another Youth Challenge cadet.
The event concluded with a reception, which had lots of refreshments decorated with American flags.