Veterans across the Pine Belt were honored on this Veterans Day.
In Hattiesburg, dozens of veterans braved the chilly and windy weather for an annual holiday service at Veterans' Memorial Park.
During the event, patriotic music was played, flags of the various armed services were posted and special poems honoring vets were read.
And a retired Air Force nurse from Hattiesburg was also named, "Veteran of the Year."
"As the flags of the various branches went by, I could remember my father, who was in the military, my husband, who was a Korean War vet, and all my brothers and my son, who is a Marine," said Raylawni Branch, recipient of the Veteran of the Year award.
"And this is just such a high honor, and I hope I can keep holding up and being a leader in the community," Branch said.
It was the 24th annual Veterans Day service in Hattiesburg.
And in Laurel, veterans were also paid tribute during a holiday ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Museum on Hillcrest Drive.
The Veterans Day service featured patriotic music and prayers for veterans of past wars and younger veterans who are serving our nation now, in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We owe them a debt of gratitude and love and we want to hold them in our prayers, so that nothing will happen to them and they will return back to this nation as whole individuals and be able to live a prosperous life," said Victor Lee, one of the organizers of the Laurel Veterans Day event.
By the way, the Veterans Memorial Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With the start of a new school year just weeks away, the Mississippi State Department of Health is reminding parents that state law requires children to be immunized before heading back to school.More >>
The 195 graduates of Jones County Junior College’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program have the distinction of being one of three of the largest classes to date and the first graduates to earn their HSE with the state’s revised HSE curriculum.More >>
The Department of Justice attended a meeting hosted by the NAACP in Covington County to address issues in the school district.More >>