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Mississippi Celebrates Veterans’ Day

By Daniel Cherry | Published 09 Nov 2012 06:36pm | comments
Mississippians are taking time to honor veterans today across the state. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports the Veterans' Day Holiday weekend has been filled with parades, celebrations, and some awards.
Throughout this Veterans' Day holiday, Mississippians who served in the armed forces are getting recognition. Friday in downtown Jackson, the National Guard Association of Mississippi honored those who served and are still serving. Major General Leon Collins, the adjutant general of Mississippi thinks it's good to show appreciation.
"Just to tell them thanks because if it wasn't for them, the freedoms and liberties that we exercise on a daily basis here in this state wouldn't be possible without the men and women...the citizens of this state."
The Sonny Montgomery VA Hospital inducted eight Mississippi veterans to their Wall of Honor. Among those honored was Medgar Evers for his military service and his strides with civil rights in America. His widow, Myrlie Evers-Willams thinks Medgar's time in the Army helped shape his desire to make Mississippi a better place to live.
"What better reason to stand up and say, 'This is my country. I believe in it, and I will give my all to see that it becomes the place that it should be.'"
Also receiving the Wall of Honor award was Medgar's brother, Charles Evers.
"When I came out of there, not only did we not receive any honors, we couldn't sit on the front of the bus. So I'm honored today that we've come this far and all those of us who paid the price to make this a great country. And I'll say what Medgar said, Mississippi one day is going to be the best state in the world for all of us."
The U.S. Census Bureau says there are more than 200 thousand veterans in Mississippi. Daniel Cherry...MPB News.




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