HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Hattiesburg Veterans Committee.
Mississippi's largest Veterans Day celebration will be in Hattiesburg on Wednesday November 11th, 2015, the festivities actually begin the day earlier Tuesday November 10th at 11 am when the Air Force ROTC program at USM will begin their 24 hour vigil at the Veterans Memorial at the Hattiesburg Veterans Park in downtown Hattiesburg. at 7 pm on Tuesday night the men and women of the Air Force ROTC will read the 173 names on the 4 granite pillars at the park. The names are from the men from the greater Hattiesburg area that lost their life in combat from World War I to today, the cadets will guard the 4 pillars similar to Arlington Cemetery for 24 hours.
On Wednesday beginning at 10 am at Hardy Street Baptist Church the annual Veterans Day parade sponsored by the Magnolia Chapter of the Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association will begin, dozens of bands and units will proceed down Hardy Street past the Hattiesburg Veterans Park. This will be one of the largest parades in Hattiesburg this year.
At 11 am Ted Tibbett, Hattiesburg Veterans Committee chairman will open the Veterans Day program at the park. (Veterans Day is a day of celebration, celebrating the end of World War I, in case of rain it will be held in Jackie Dole Sherill Community Center ) The program will include music from the Petal High band, great vocals, naming of the Hattiesburg Veteran of the Year, a Veterans Day speech from Darryl Brady, SES Jackson Regional Office Director for the VA, Darryl Brady was appointed Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Jackson Regional office in 2013.
The event will be attended by Federal, State and local officials. The Mississippi Youth Challenge will participate along with hundreds of area youth from local schools. Between the parade and program thousands are expected to attend the event. The public is invited to attend all the events including a reception afterwards at VFW Post 3036 across from the Veterans Park.
This event has become one of the biggest in the City and the State each year and is put on by the Hattiesburg Veterans committee a coalition of local Veterans organizations and the City of Hattiesburg.
You are invited to attend this big event.