Veterans Day programs slated throughout Miss-Lou

Published 12:12am Monday, November 11, 2013

NATCHEZ — A variety of Veterans Day events are being hosted today in the Miss-Lou to celebrate those who have served or are currently serving in the military.

Sunny skies are forecast for a majority of the day with temperatures reaching a high of 73 in the afternoon.

Co-Lin Veterans Program

Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Natchez campus will host its annual Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. today at the Redd Watkins Career-Tech Center building.

The program will feature a posting of the colors by the Miss-Lou Color Guard, national anthem by Viveca Johnson and Cathedral class choir and guest speaker, retired Col. Jeff Waller of the U.S. Air Force.

Waller entered the U.S. Air Force in September 1972, graduating from officer training in December of that year.

Waller flew search and rescue missions in California, Alaska and Illinois for 11 years and was directly credited with saving 28 lives and assisting with more than 2,000 life and death situations.

The program will conclude with a musical selection presented by Alvin Shelby, who is the music and choral director at Cathedral, and performances from the Cathedral second-grade class.

Concordia Veterans Day Program

The Concordia Parish Academy of Math, Science and Technology will host a Veterans Day program at 2 p.m. today in the school’s cafeteria.

Students will perform a song with palm pipes, sing patriotic songs and read poems.

All veterans are invited to attend.

Delta Charter School

Students from the Delta Charter School will host a Veterans Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. today at the school, which is located at 300 Lynwood Drive in Ferriday.

Students will be singing patriotic songs, reading poetry and will have a patriot photo booth for veterans and students to remember the day.

All veterans in the area, as well as the public, are invited to attend.

Jonesville area

Resident veterans and other veterans will be honored at 10 a.m. today at The Columns Community Care Center on U.S. 84 in Jonesville.

The Rev. John Scott, Trinity Presbyterian Church pastor, will speak, and Catahoula’s Kimberly Ann Cook of the Joe Cook Family will sing the National Anthem. Refreshments will be provided.

The community is also welcome to join in a recognition of veterans at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Block High School gym, sponsored by the school and American Legion Auxiliary Boyd Mann Unit 163.

Brigadier General Joanne Sheridan, Louisiana’s first female general officer in the Louisiana National Guard, will be the guest speaker. Soloist Martie Hoove will sing the National Anthem.

Immediately following the program at Block, participants are invited to First Baptist Church, 103 Pond St. in Jonesville, for a video presentation including more than 600 area veterans, fellowship and refreshments.

Sheridan is the assistant adjutant general for the U.S. Army Louisiana National Guard. She serves as the principal military advisor and is responsible for assisting in the deployment and coordination of programs, policies and plans for the Louisiana Army National Guard.

U.S. National Parks

Natchez National Historical Park will offer free tours of Melrose to the public today.

The free events are in honor of U.S. military veterans, current members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

Melrose, which is located at 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway, will offer tours at the top of the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The William Johnson House, located at 210 State St., is a free site open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 601-446-57900 or visit nps.gov/natc.