CHOCTAW, Miss.–There were several Mississippi cities that honored veterans over the weekend in anticipation of Monday, which is officially Veteran’s Day.
There were parades and ceremonies inn Long Beach and Columbus and News Mississippi’s Todd Adams was in Philadelphia for a special ceremony held by the Miss. Band of Choctaw Indians.
Adams was also on the coast last week and visited the GI Museum:
A parade was planned for Jackson Monday and Sen. Roger Wicker was set to attend a ceremony in Columbia. The event was set for 11 a.m. at the Marion County courthouse.
He issued the following statement:
“I am deeply grateful to all the brave men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. As a veteran, the son of a veteran, and the father of an officer in the Air Force, I understand the profound sacrifice of those who have fought to protect our freedoms.
“We thank our veterans and remember their commitment to keeping Americans safe and secure throughout our nation’s history.”
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran issued the following statement:
“I am heartened each year by the pride that Mississippians have for our Armed Forces, and their appreciation for the sacrifices made by loved ones on behalf of our nation. The ceremonies, parades and programs taking place this year will reflect the admiration we share for our veterans. It is gratifying to see the deep respect that the people of my state have for those who have served, from the first Mississippians who took up arms to defend this land to those currently deployed around the world.
“Today, the new generation of all-volunteer veterans returning from more than a decade of sustained combat operations reminds us of our sacred obligations to all our veterans and their families. We must dedicate ourselves to meeting those commitments. Doing so will make us a stronger nation.
“I appreciate that on Veterans Day the world will witness an American people united in its appreciation of the men and women who have served and fought for our republic.”