Veterans Day was celebrated early at Petal High School Friday as the student body gathered to honor dozens of veterans in the Pine Belt.
The fifth annual Veterans Recognition Breakfast and Ceremony paid tribute to veterans from all branches of the armed forces.
The event featured patriotic music played by the Petal High School Band and sung by the Petal High School Soundsations.
Several individual awards were also presented, including one for oldest veteran, which went to Charles Kroen, 94 of Collins, who served in World War II.
Former Petal High School principal Steve Simmons was also honored for initiating the first Veterans Recognition Ceremony at PHS in 2011.