Flag to fly over river bridge in honor of local veteran’s service

Published 11:44 am Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Army-Navy Club of Vicksburg raised a new flag over the Old Hwy. 80 Bridge Tuesday to honor a local veteran and his service to this country.

The ceremony flag honored U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jimmie I. Christian (Ret.) and his 22 years of service in the Air Force. During his service, Christian served in security forces and law enforcement, and in the Vietnam War.

In addition to the flag being raised in his honor, Tuesday also marked Christian’s 80th birthday.

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The ceremony, which was held at the Mississippi Welcome Center, is part of the Army-Navy Club of Vicksburg’s Bridge Flag Project. The project arranges for flags to fly over the bridge that spans the width of the Mississippi River.

“It’s an honor. I’m a patriotic person and always honor and salute the flag,” Christian said. Joining Christian at Tuesday’s ceremony was his wife, Linda.

About Courtland Wells

Courtland Wells is a staff photographer at The Vicksburg Post. He is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Photojournalism. Following graduation, he started at The Vicksburg Post in the fall of 2016. Courtland has won numerous awards through the Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors and the Mississippi Press Association. His work has also been featured in the New York Times and Washington Post as well as other national publications. Courtland is a member of the Vicksburg Young Professionals.

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