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MOSS POINT, Miss. — The city of Moss Point will honor the county’s veterans at the 17th annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at the Moss Point Veterans Memorial Monument.
Linda Johnson at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce said the event brings in a number of local groups and organizations, including Moss Point school groups, the Moss Point Fire Department, local veterans support organizations and more. She added that the theme for this year’s event is “Freedom is Not Free.”
“We’ve been doing this event for a long time,” Johnson said. “The community really gets involved to put together a great program. We believe it’s important to honor our veterans on November 11 every year.”
The program will begin promptly at 11 a.m. with a welcome by the Mistress of Ceremony, Carla Todd Voda, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
After the welcome, there will be the Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, invocation, Armed Forces songs and Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action ceremony.
There will then be a Presentation of the Wreath for the Fallen in memory of the following fallen soldiers: Major Michael Green, United States Army; Master Sergeant Scott E. Pruitt, United States Marine Corps; Master Sergeant Coater DeBose, United States Army; Sergeant First Class Sean M. Cooley, United States Army; and Sergeant Terrance D. Lee, Sr., United States Army.
Finally, Capt. Torrey M. Garrison will deliver the keynote speech, followed by military gun salute and taps.
Johnson said the program is free and open to the public, and all are invited to join for free food and displays on the lawn next to the monument following the program.
“We hope to have a great crowd this year and look forward to a nice day,” Johnson said. “We encourage all community members to come out and help us honor Jackson County’s veterans past and present – because freedom is not free.”