Tupelo remembers fallen soldiers during annual program

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Karrie Weathers had a couple of deceased veterans on his mind on Monday morning, as he attended Tupelo’s annual Memorial Day program at Veterans Park.

Weathers, a veteran of the Korean War who lives in Eggville, thought about a pilot he served with during the war whose plane exploded in midair after Weathers had left. His thoughts also turned to Stephen Baldwyn, who lived not far from Weathers and who died in Iraq in May of 2005.

On Sunday, while placing flags on the graves of veterans buried in the Eggville ceremony, Weathers and his son lingered a little longer at Baldwyn’s plot.

“I remember when they brought his body back,” he said.

On Monday, he was at Veterans Park to pay his respects to those men and to all of United States soldiers who have given their lives while serving their country.

Guest speaker Guy Mitchell told an audience of about 150 people not only is it important to remember these heroes, it is also critical to educate others about them.

“It is vital we do our part not to forget, and perhaps even more important to teach our younger generations never to forget,” he said. “…Today can be a teachable moment. We can educate our youth about what it means to leave home, family, church or job all for the quality of life known as freedom.”

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