TUPELO – More than 50 people attended a pre-Veterans Day program Wednesday at Weezie’s Deli.
Owner Vivian Lee invited a select number of friends, family and military to join together to honor veterans and their families.
The event evolved from Lee’s initial idea to throw a Veterans Day celebration for her good friend Andy Lawhon, whose father, Andrew Ferrell Lawhon, died during World War II.
“I can’t imagine having lost someone in war,” said Lee. “Andy and I have been friends for a long time so I wanted to do this for him. And not only for him, but to all the men and women who have served and who are serving in the military. We should all give thanks for those who dedicate themselves to protecting our freedoms.”
Andy said he was happy to see people honoring his father and other veterans. Andrew Ferrell Lawhon was killed in 1944, only a year after Andy, his only child, was born.
James Filmore, one of the attendees, said that anytime a veteran can be honored is a testament to his or her duty.
“So many people have given their lives to defend this country that I feel we don’t have enough days to honor them,” said Filmore, who served in the Mississippi Army National Guard. “I’m just glad that this was done today. No matter what war or what branch, we all are one military family.”
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