Parade, wreath-laying set to observe Memorial Day|[5/25/06]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 25, 2006

As Memorial Day approaches, people are making plans and patriotic events are set to remember soldiers who died in war.

On Sunday, Civil War Living History and Battle Skirmishes will be at McRaven Tour Home at 1445 Harrison St. The free event, which will continue through Monday, will feature Confederate and Union soldier re-enactors demonstrating textiles, cooking, fashion, music and skirmishes.

For Monday, the Vicksburg-Warren County Memorial Day Committee has planned a service and parade honoring area soldiers who died in war.

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Participants, including veterans, will march through downtown Vicksburg along Washington Street beginning at 10 a.m. at Belmont Street. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Vicksburg Auditorium.

Vicksburg native Col. Benny M. Terrell will be the keynote speaker.

Terrell entered the U.S. Army in 1970 and received a direct appointment as a captain in the Adjutant General Corps in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1980.

His career, which spans 35 years, includes active duty assignments with the 248th Military Police Company, Republic of South Vietnam and the 225th Military Police Detachment in Annville, Penn.

After the Memorial Day service, a motorcade will travel along Fort Hill Drive to the Vicksburg National Cemetery, where wreaths will be placed on the graves of unknown soldiers.

All events during the day Monday are also free and open to the public. For information, call 601-634-0163.