By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Veterans of Foreign Wars added the latest memorial monument to Veteran’s Memorial Park on Tuesday, 69 years to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
VFW Post No. 4057 donated the monument to the park, marking the third veterans monument to be placed there. About 50 veterans who have served in foreign wars attended the ceremonial unveiling of the monument.
Post 4057 member Ronnie Young said the occasion was a sad and happy one.
“We are all here today because we all survived out battles,” said Young. “On Dec. 7, 1941, a foreign nation attacked our country in Pearl Harbor. This country came together and formed the biggest and greatest armed forces the world has ever seen. But we lost over 400,000 men and women in World War II and that’s sad. But this monument will be here to remind all of us about the sacrifices made by the men and women of our country.”
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. commended the VFW for its contributions, as well as everyone who has served in war.
Among those at the ceremony was James Dixon of Tupelo, who served in Korea.
“Often as a veteran you feel like people forget and just pull you off the shelf and dust you off on Memorial Day and Veterans Day,” said Dixon. “But this monument will be here every day. Every day people can come here and get a reminder of what Americans have done for this country.”
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