TUPELO – Military speakers will highlight the 25th Veterans Memorial on Monday.
The program at Veterans Park will feature several speakers from the military, past and present. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bob Chestnut, who was at the Pentagon during the attacks of 9/11, will be the keynote speaker at the event.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation Director Don Lewis said the ceremony was organized by members of the various veterans organizations in the county as a way to honor the men and women who have fought and who are fighting for the United States.
“It is very important for people to remember the soldiers who have served this country,” said Lewis. “The organizations involved have worked very hard to put together a good program.”
The program starts at Veterans Park at 9 a.m. Last year more than 500 people showed up, and Lewis is expecting a good turnout for this year’s event.
Today’s program is the second Memorial Day observance at the Veterans Park memorial.
Last year’s event marked the dedication of the memorial, which was the result of three years of work.
The $400,000 open-air memorial stands beside the lake at Veterans Park off Veterans Boulevard. It features flags of branches of the U.S. military – the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the Coast Guard – a sunken garden, engraved pavers honoring veterans and a pathway lined with trees.
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