Support for veterans appreciatedPublished 12:04am Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Miss-Lou Patriotic Committee and their partners, which brought “The Vietnam Wall” and the American Veteran’s Traveling Tribute to Natchez last November, is now transitioning to “The Miss-Lou Veterans Coalition.”
Three goals were identified at the beginning of our event: 1) Bring the American Veterans Traveling Tribute to Natchez. 2) Provide a scholarship for veterans or members of their immediate family. 3) To form and equip a full Veteran Honor Guard for public events and burial of our fallen veterans.
Because of your kindness and generosity, our committee will be awarding a scholarship for $500, April 15, at the scholarship awards for Co-Lin’s Natchez campus. This scholarship will be for a veteran or family member of a veteran, and it is our intention to fund this scholarship for the decades to come.
With the help and support that we have received from our communities and the generosity of American Legion Post No. 4, who provided some necessary equipment and space to meet and practice, we can look forward to our Honor Guard being equipped and prepared for service to veterans, their families and our Miss-Lou community, in the very near future. Memorial Day 2013 services at the Natchez National Cemetery will be our first appearance with the Honor Guard part of our team.
Our new Honor Guard will consist of a four- to five-person Honor Guard, at least a seven-person rifle team, a bugler and a commander. All will be veterans of the Miss-Lou and will be available for civic events, parades, and military funerals for our fallen brothers and sisters as we move forward. Any veteran from the Miss-Lou that has honorably and proudly served our great nation will be warmly welcomed into our Honor Guard Team. If you have an interest in honoring our veterans and their families and being a part of a great team of veterans, please contact Rodney Violette, commander and training officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 601-442-3109.
On behalf of American Legion Post #4, VFW Post 9573, Point Man Ministries and veterans groups and their supporters, we would like to thank our partners, the Natchez-Adams County Community Alliance and the Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
Our executive committee, made up of Mike Lomasney, Col. John Curran and Mark LaFrancis, veterans of the U.S. Air Force, and Doug McCallister and Don Verucci, U.S. Army veterans, would also like to thank the students and faculty of Co-Lin, the Natchez and Vidalia police departments, Adams and Concordia Parish County sheriff’s departments, the Patriot Guard Riders of Mississippi and Louisiana, The Natchez Democrat and all of our local schools and businesses who went above and beyond their call of duty and support to honor, remember, and show respect for the men and women of our armed services.
As we transition to the Miss-Lou Veterans Coalition, we will be grateful for your continued support.
Doug McCallister is the event director for the Miss-Lou Patriotic Tribute.