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11/2/2015 | Elaine Stevens

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15th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Veteran’s Day Parade & Festival


Saturday, November 7th   Downtown Gulfport- 11 am                      Festival 10 am-4pm  Jones Park


     Thanks to a trio of patriotic community leaders in 1999--Mary Ellen Landry, Donna Leach Yates, and retired Lieutenant Colonel Dick E. Wilson--South Mississippi shall celebrate the 15th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Veteran’s Day festivities Saturday, November 7th 2015.  Founders of the Veteran’s Day celebration of Red White & Blue say they decided to hold the events on the closest Saturday to actual Veteran’s Day (November 11, 2015) so that school age children can learn to appreciate those who have served as well as to promote business for downtown merchants.  "This year Gulfport will be the host city,” explains Wilson, still a passionate coordinator of the ongoing tradition. According to Wilson, Veteran’s Day events rotate among three coast communities: Gulfport, Biloxi, and D’Iberville. "For eight years South Mississippi has been nationally recognized by the Department of Veteran Affairs as the Regional Site for the observance of Veteran’s Day—a true honor,” says Wilson.  "Mississippi is fortunate to have two, the other one in Jackson; nationwide there are only fifty-eight.” At approximately 9 am, Saturday, November 7th, the Island View Casino’s new Beach Tower 3rd Floor Ballroom will be the site of the opening reception. The parade begins at 11am, complete with several marching bands, floats, classic cars, motorcycle clubs, and representatives from all military branches, including Jr. ROTC, as well as youth from organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs and Boys/Girls Scouts of America. Major General Augustus L. Collins, Commanding General of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard will serve as Grand Marshall. Organizers say the Veteran’s Day parade is bigger and better than ever with a record-setting 2,000 participants last year. The parade route will culminate at Jones Park-Barksdale Pavilion with the Red White & Bluefestival, featuring a variety of musical entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and much more.

"All events are Free to the Public. Our Veterans have already paid the price!”

For more information: www.msveteransparade.com or 228-669-4997

Elaine Stevens