Remembering those who gave their all

Published 6:01 pm Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day marks a lot of things to me like the end of school and the beginning of summer, my dad and cousin’s birthday, French Open tennis and a time to remember servicemen who have died.

As I spoke to Willie Glasper about the events he has planned for the Memorial Day holiday, I was struck by him saying his biggest regret was not being able to serve in the armed forces.

I’ve heard my own dad say the same thing.

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Both of my grandfathers and two of my uncles served in the military. Fortunately, none of them died in service, but only one is living today. The family spent nearly their entire lifetime living in Europe and because of the distance we’ve never really discussed his service.

Glasper on the other hand had two of his closest relatives, his father and brother, serve. It had a profound impact on him. He would put on his brother’s uniform when he would come to visit and looked up to him and what he stood for as a soldier.

Now Glasper serves at the local and state commander of Sons of the American Legion. He has planned the Memorial Day programs for 37 years, and he also coordinates events for Veterans Day.

The Memorial Day parade, open to any group that wants to join, will start at 10 a.m. traveling north of Washington Street in between Belmont and Jackson streets followed by a memorial service at Vicksburg City Auditorium at 11 a.m. and a wreath laying ceremony at the Vicksburg National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

The American Legion Post 3, 1712 Monroe St., will host a time of fellowship after the ceremony.

All events are free and open to the public.

Glasper wants everyone to take time Monday to express their gratitude to those who served and have died and the ones still here today. He said Memorial Day is meant to be a time recognize, honor and remember those who died for their country and for freedom.

AAA forecasted that the number of people traveling during this holiday weekend would be higher than years past— the highest since 2005. That can partially be attributed the lower gas prices with the nationwide average of $2.26 a gallon and it hovering around $2 here in Vicksburg.

AAA believes it will rescue around 350,000 motorists for flat tires, dead batteries and being locked out of their vehicle. The company recommends motorists check their tire and battery condition before traveling at one of the 7,000 AAA approved auto repair facilities in North America.

In whatever way you choose to spend your holiday, stay safe and remember those who gave everything to serve their country and sustain the country’s freedom.


Alana Norris is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at Readers are invited to submit their opinions for publication.