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Episode #1212

MS Armed Forces Museum

Air date 05/15/14
Host: Walt Grayson

In this edition of Mississippi Roads, we explore a museum dedicated to the men and women who have served in our military throughout the nation's history. The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum outside of Hattiesburg houses detailed displays of the scenery, the battlefields, the day-to-day life, and the equipment used by those brave men and women throughout the years.

In 1812, Andrew Jackson stopped in the town of Washington, MS. Back then, it was a thriving community, and it still survives as a small town. But every so often, the locals get together to commemorate when Andrew Jackson camped in Washington, MS, on his way to New Orleans... only to receive the orders to return to Tennessee.

During World War II, a group of men from overseas made Jackson their home, and left a lasting impression on those who knew them. They were the Dutch Airmen, and we were lucky enough to sit down with some people who knew them well and hear their touching story.

And in a fitting tribute to those heros who have given a portion of their lives - or their whole lives, sometimes - to our country, we take to the skies with a group of the state's honored veterans to visit our nation's capitol.

LINKS:
http://www.armedforcesmuseum.us/Pages/home.html
http://www.nps.gov/natr/historyculture/war-of-1812-and-the-trace.htm
http://mdah.state.ms.us/senseofplace/2011/07/18/jacksons-flying-dutchmen/
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/

 

 



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