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Events set to commemorate Veterans Day

Warren County’s veterans will be honored Monday with a series of events commemorating Veterans Day.

The day’s events begin with a parade at 9:30 a.m., including the county’s two high school bands and Junior ROTC units. The parade will line up at 8:30 a.m. on Belmont Street and follow a route up Washington Street to Jackson Avenue.

The parade will be followed by the memorial ceremony at the Rose Garden on Monroe Street. Featured speaker is Maj. Gen. Mark Toy, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division. The observance ends with a lunch for veterans at American Legion Post 3, 1712 Monroe Street.

Also on Monday, the Vicksburg National Military Park will rededicate the Mississippi State Monument following an extensive restoration project funded by the state of Mississippi and championed by the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign.

The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m., and feature Jim Woodrick, deputy state historic preservation officer, state Sen. Briggs Hopson III and William Justice, superintendent of the Vicksburg National Military Park, and ceremonial firings of a Civil War-era 12-pound Napoleon cannon.

The $75,000 project included masonry repairs, testing of the monument’s lightning suppression system and thorough cleaning, and was completed by the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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