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Showing Miles of Support: Tribute opens to public today

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — People wave their American flags as the Miss-Lou Patriotic Tribute escort drives down Main Street Wednesday afternoon before reaching the Natchez Convention Center, where the tribute is being displayed.

NATCHEZ — Months of preparation, a miles-long official escort and an afternoon of setup will culminate at noon today when the Miss-Lou Patriotic Tribute opens to the public at noon at the Natchez Convention Center.

The tribute includes a 360-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a memorial for those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, and a memorial for all servicemen who died in war, among other things.

The exhibit is free to view and will be open until 11 p.m. tonight. It will reopen from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Martha Jean Ivy laughs while holding a memorial flag honoring someone in the community for their service Wednesday afternoon at Bayou Memorial Park in Ferriday while waiting for the Miss-Lou Patriotic Tribute to pass through.

The opening ceremonies will be at noon today. A flag retirement ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, and a Veterans Day program will be at 11 a.m. Sunday. All events are in or outside the convention center.