HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Veterans Day events began a day early in the Pine Belt.
Thursday morning, dozens of veterans were guests of honor at Temple Baptist Church for the 19th annual Veterans Day Breakfast.
It was organized and hosted by Oak Grove High School.
It's choir sang several patriotic songs and veterans from World War Two and the Korean War received special recognition.
Also Thursday, Pearl River Community College hosted a salute to veterans.
A Veterans Day Observance at the Forrest County Center was organized by the History and Humanities Club.
It featured student tributes to veterans and patriotic music from Petal High School's Show Choir.
Jeff Hammond, a retired Army major general and director of veteran and military affairs at Southern Miss, was featured speaker.
And finally, Air Force ROTC cadets from the University of Southern Mississippi Thursday began an annual 24-hour vigil at Hattiesburg's Veterans Memorial Park.
It was a prelude to Veteran's Day activities Friday.
During the vigil, individual cadets stood guard at the memorial on half-hour shifts.
The vigil will end at 11 a.m. Friday, just before the beginning of an annual Veterans Day program at the park.