By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – A commemorative plaque honoring the military service and sacrifice of Staff Sgt. William “Seth” Ricketts will be placed at the CARE Honor Garden at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Ricketts, a U.S. Army paratrooper, died Feb. 27 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by insurgents.
Because his place with the paratroopers was so important to Ricketts, the plaque will include the insignia.
“His will be the first of its kind, the first military marker, and with its Airborne insignia on there it will be difficult to miss,” said Gulf War veteran Gentry Parker, who spearheaded fundraising for the plaque.
Parker and retired National Guardsman Bobby McDaniel launched a fundraising drive for the family soon after Ricketts’ death in which florists donated yellow bows that were sold throughout Alcorn County for $5 each.
“I did not know Seth personally or his family before this happened,” Parker said. “When we first got word that Seth had been killed in Afghanistan, Bobby and I said we have to do something and started the yellow ribbon campaign. It blanketed Corinth and Alcorn County, and I’m very proud of everybody in the community pulling together.”
They felt they could do more, however, and the two friends approached the county and city boards about ways to honor Ricketts’ memory.
“I’ve gotten to know the family, their humbleness and their commitment back to the community and soldiers still serving, never seeking the spotlight,” Parker said. “The CARE Honor Garden is a perfect match.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.