TUPELO – Longtime Tupelo resident and World War II soldier Jack Reed Sr. will headline the city’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday.
Reed, a businessman and past gubernatorial candidate, is the event’s featured speaker and will spend about 10-15 minutes at the podium.
“The guys wanted an enlisted man, and Jack Reed was a three-stripe sergeant during World War II,” said Dick Hill, a member of the city’s Veterans Council, which organized the event. “And he’s so good at those types of events, that I thought it would be different.”
This is the city’s second Veterans Day Ceremony at the new Veterans Memorial inside Veterans Memorial Park.
The event begins at 9 a.m. with a posting of the colors and an invocation by Brother William Shack. After the Pledge of Allegiance and a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Sherrie Gregory, Reed will speak.
His remarks will be capped by another song, a POW/MIA ceremony, the laying of the wreath, taps and retiring of the colors.
In all, it will take about 30 minutes.
“This is an appropriate way to honor our veterans,” Hill said. “That’s what Veterans Day is about, and it certainly would be nice to get a good crowd there to recognize the service they rendered toward the country.”
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