Monday, November 11, 2013

Winston County Celebrates Veterans' Day in Grand Style

The weather was perfect, the crowd was big, the music was fantastic and the logistics with the L-17
Great crowd gathered for Veterans Program
flyover couldn't have been better as Louisville and Winston County celebrated Veteran's Day this morning (11-11-13). The program held in the grass area in front of the Louisville Walmart was outstanding due to the efforts and cooperation of many individuals and organizations across the community.

The Louisville Lions Club was recognized for their efforts to establish a flag project for the Hwy 15/25 bypass as 60 flags waved along the median to greet drivers ths morning. The flags were placed in memory or in honor of a veteran and will fly for a full week on each Veterans' Day, Memorial Day and 4th of July Holiday.
Local DAR members who sponsored flags along bypass
with Lion President Mike Dowd

The Louisville High School Band warmed up the crowd before Mayor Will Hill presented the welcome and a thank you to those who participated in the program and those veterans who have served our country and community. A prayer by Brother Mike Dowd followed and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Staff Sargeant Wilbert Holmes. The National Anthem followed and was sung by Tracy McCully.
L-17 Formation

State Senator Giles Ward took the opportunity to thank those involved as well and read the long list of flag dedications for the Lions Flag Project.

The program concluded as a three plane flyover was coordinated perfectly as Tracy McCully sang, "God Bless the USA" and "God Bless America"

Tracy McCully performs
Lions Club President Mike Dowd was proud of the community support and indicated that the flags and the program had already had an impact as he was approached after the ceremony by a Navy veteran from the Tupelo area who happened to be driving through and stopped to participate in the ceremony. "This gentleman thanked the community and said that Louisville should be proud of its efforts and commented on how this program  and the community's respect for its veterans reflected well upon Louisville." said Dowd.

Those involved in the program included, Senator Giles Ward, Louisville Lions, Linda Skelton from the Winston County Chamber of Commerce, City of Louisville officials and employees, Tracy McCully, Staff Sargeant Wilbert Holmes, the L-17 Formation from Meridian, Louisville Municipal School District (LHS Band and ROTC), the Hudspeth family (for use of the lot) and Walmart (for use of the parking area).
Local VA Rep Terry Kelly w Staff Sgt.
Wilbert Holmes

LHS Band performs

Mayor Will Hill welcomes the crowd
L-17 Formation flyover