Tupelo prepares to honor men, women who served

TUPELO – Hundreds of people are expected to gather Thursday at Veteran’s Memorial Park to honor the men and women who served their country.
The annual ceremony, called Tribute to Veterans, will start at 9 a.m. and feature the presentation of the colors, taps, the National Anthem, unveiling of a new monument and a speech by retired Army Brigadier Gen. James Mitchell.
The entire ceremony will last about 30 minutes.
“It’s important on Veteran’s Day that we recognize all of the veterans who have served both past and present and that are still serving,” said Don Lewis, director of the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department, which partnered with the Tupelo Veterans Council to organize the event.
This will be the third Veterans Day ceremony at the city’s new Veteran’s Memorial. Completed in 2008 for $500,000, the memorial was a joint effort among the city and several veterans groups.
It features a tree-shaded walking path adorned with seven military flags that lead to a sunken memorial area.
But the park is expanding with more walking paths and separate spaces dedicated to each military branch. The American Legion will unveil a new monument in the expanded area during the ceremony.
To help fund the improvements, which also will include a pavilion, organizers will hold a spaghetti supper Thursday evening with entertainment by the Tupelo High School Wave Connection.
It is sponsored by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors and will be held at 5 p.m. at Tupelo Furniture Market Mississippi Building B. Tickets are $10.
Contact Emily Le Coz at 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

EMILY LE COZ / NEMS Daily Journal