HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than two dozen World War II veterans were the guests of honor at a special luncheon and awards ceremony in Lamar County Friday.
Veterans from all branches were recognized for their service during a "Spirit of '45" event at the Oak Grove Senior and Veterans Center.
Each veteran was treated to lunch and presented with congressional certificates.
Keynote speaker for the event was Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, Mississippi's Adjutant General who is retiring at the end of August.
On Saturday night, the Saenger Theater is hosting another event saluting veterans. It is called a "Star-Spangled Celebration of Our Veterans and Active Military."
It will be a USO-style variety show, with the 41st Army Jazz Band, the PCS Pipe and Drum Corps and other acts. The co-host will be Army veteran and actor Connor Humphreys, who played young Forrest Gump in the Hollywood movie of the same name.
The show begins at 6 p.m.
Admission is free, but donations for Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi will be accepted.