TUPELO – Veterans Day events throughout the area honored men and women for dedicated service in the United States Armed Forces.
The Annual Veterans Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park in Tupelo kicked off the day’s event’s with speeches from retired Army generals James Mitchell and T.K. Moffet. With nearly 100 years of military service between them, the two career servicemen delivered an optimistic message to the crowd of hundreds.
“There are more than 23 million veterans living in this country and 250,000 living right here in Mississippi,” said Mitchell, a Sherman native. “This day is about common Americans who’ve done extraordinary things to preserve the freedoms of this country. Everyday is a duty day for many of our veterans. Every hour, every minute, every second someone is serving this country.”
Moffet echoed Mitchell’s gratitude and admiration for the service men and women.
“This country is what it is because of your service,” said Moffett to the veterans in attendance. “It’s not about the generals. Generals don’t win wars, privates do. We want to thank all of you who serve our country.”
The American Legion was also honored at the ceremony. Post 49 Commander John Blanchard unveiled a monument dedicated to the American Legion.
Read more about Veteran’s Day events in Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.
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