Smithville hosts 9/11 memorial

By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal

SMITHVILLE – Lodge 147 of Woodman of the World in Monroe County had a memorial service for Sept. 11 victims on Sunday at Rod Brasfield Park.

“Every year, Woodman of the World donates an American flag somewhere in the county to pay tribute to those lost on Sept. 11. We’ve installed a new flagpole with a plaque remembering those who lost their lives on that day,” said Edna Cox, district 1 chairman of Keep Monroe County Beautiful.

Honoring the victims accompanies tributes to Smithville native and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Rod Brasfield throughout the park.

Brasfield’s Mississippi Country Music Trail marker will soon be complimented by a plaque of the renown comedian currently at the community center.

Cox said Keep Monroe County Beautiful is working on building a bathroom at the park. The law enforcement wives of Monroe County are also raising funds for next summer’s Rod Brasfield Festival by selling sections of fencing for the park.

During Sunday’s remembrance ceremony, the Smithville High School band performed, Smithville Methodist Church pastor Charles Coggins will led the prayer and the Boy Scouts helped in the flag dedication.

Anyone wishing to make tax-free donations for further park renovations can do so at Renasant Bank’s Smithville branch under an account set up through Cox and Joyce Avery.