Thank you, Pine Belt vets, for our liberty

Veterans are being honored in Hattiesburg by a display of endurance and composure.

The Air Force ROTC started marching at Veterans Park at 10 a.m. Friday and will continue to march for 24 hours.

Cadets rotate every half hour, guarding the memorial that bears the names of Hattiesburg's fallen heroes.

All the names are being read aloud at 7 p.m. Friday.

The vigil is a longtime tradition in the Hub City. The event is sponsored by the Arnold Air Society.

Elementary students in Ellisville honored a group of veterans who fought for their freedom, in a program filled with patriotic songs.

"It was super. It was really appreciated," said Clifford Davis, commander of the Laurel VFW post. "All the veterans out here appreciate it. Especially me."

Stringer's annual day of remembrance saluted one of the school's own who has served twice in Iraq: Chris Schumacher, the son of 4th grade teacher Karen Schumacher, and a 1994 graduate of Stringer High.