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Blake Rood, who served with the Alabama Army National Guard, helps his Toyota co-workers and fellow veterans raise a yellow ribbon in honor of Toyota employees currently serving in the military.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – At a Veterans Day ceremony at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi on Tuesday, company officials marked the plant’s first commemoration of the day and helped another area organization in the process. TMMMS, which began production in October 2011, employs 2,000 workers, 160 of whom are veterans. “This is […]

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Members of the Saltillo High School band hold up signs of the different branches of the military as the band performs the song for each branch Tuesday afternoon during the school's Veterans Day ceremony.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal SALTILLO – Hundreds of students at Saltillo High School received a firsthand history lesson Tuesday from veteran Bobby Christopher. Not only is Christopher Saltillo High’s in-school suspension instructor, a position he has held for 10 years, but the Guntown native also served a total of 38 years in the U.S. […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The children of the Boys & Girls Club Northside took time Tuesday to say thanks to a handful of veterans, including one very familiar face. Club staff describe Kelvin Petty as a wonderful volunteer who gives hugs freely and lets the kids climb all over him. “I come […]

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Roy Knighton and his five brothers didn't consider themselves a military family, but with 45 years of service between them and his father, Johnny, it is hard to dispute their service to the country. Roy served in the Army's Ready Reserve, and other members of the family served in World War I and Vietnam. Roy holds a photo showing his brothers.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Knightons are what you’d call a military family. Together, the family’s patriarch, the late Johnny Knighton, and his six sons represent 45 years of service, spanning from World War I through the Vietnam War. “I didn’t consider us a military family at the time,” said Roy Knighton, […]

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Michael Stafford learned to play golf at Okolona Country Club, and the course has become a second home since he lost his left leg below the knee in Iraq.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OKOLONA – At one time in his life, Michael Stafford was forced to play golf. He worked for his brother, who had a standing game, and Stafford was expected to participate each week. “He gave me a set of clubs and I played with him and I hated it,” […]

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Four of Van Bristow's children recently visited what's left of American Legion Post 49 to see cartoons their dad had drawn in the 1960s. Pictured, from left, are Melissa Miley, Vance Bristow, Becky Whitenton and Leigh Puckett. Not pictured are Robert Bristow and Betsy Walsh.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Some pieces left behind by artist Van Bristow aren’t long for this world. During the 1960s, Bristow took his tools to the downstairs of American Legion Post 49, where he painted cartoon characters that had represented the U.S. military over the years. Most would recognize Beetle Bailey, […]

Maj. Gen. Augustus "Leon" Collins, center, adjutant general of Mississippi, is greeted after a talk at a Veterans Appreciation Ceremony on Thursday in Booneville.                      

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau BOONEVILLE – Tributes to the heroic service of the nation’s veterans began this week with words of appreciation from the adjutant general of Mississippi to veterans in his Booneville hometown. Maj. Gen. Augustus “Leon” Collins was the guest speaker at a luncheon for veterans presented by the city […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – A retired Vietnam veteran will be the key speaker at the Veterans Day Memorial ceremony in Tupelo on Tuesday. Larry Dykes of New Albany spent two years in the 36th Combat Engineers during the Vietnam War. He left the military and moved for the next decade before returning […]

By Cathy Wood Special to the Journal CORINTH – More than 150 years later, and near the same spot where a train probably took 19-year-old Rienzi farmer Samuel L. Neely to war, he was honored posthumously as the only Confederate soldier named to the Roll of Honor five times. About 50 people, plus four grandsons […]