Parade is chance to thank veterans

Published 5:00 am Monday, May 19, 2003

On Saturday — two days before Memorial Day — Brookhaven andLincoln County will honor the community’s veterans.

It’s going to be a great event.

The parade will begin around 10 a.m. at the old railroad depotand travel along Monticello Street to Jackson Street and down toChickasaw Street. A stop is planned at the government complex for ashort ceremony before heading back to the depot.

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Among those working to organize the parade are Chad Smith, EricK. Boyd, Paul Jackson and Sgt. Benji Landry, a Marine recruiterfrom McComb. We want to thank them — and any others who havehelped — for taking on this project.

Smith, speaking to this newspaper during the early stages of thework, cited the importance of remembering the sacrifices thatveterans have made for our great country. “I’ve always had a lot ofrespect for these guys and enjoyed helping them,” Smith said.

Smith and Boyd are also collectors of have World War II eravehicles, and 19 will be on display at the depot during theparade.

Jackson, a veteran of World War II in France, and several of hisfriends are also working on parade plans by recruiting fellowveterans to participate. They hope to get several hundred, and wehope they succeed.

We hope the community will take part, too.

Come out and watch the parade, Saturday. Wear red, white andblue. Wave a flag.

This is a chance to applaud our veterans — to thank them inperson by saying “I appreciate what you’ve done to protect the manyfreedoms this country offers her citizens. I appreciate thesacrifices you made for me.”

Remember, two days later our nation will pause to honor veteranswho made the ultimate sacrifice. They never got to hear “thankyou.”