Thursday, November 2, 2017

Flags, Parade And Cornerstone Re-Dedication Will Mark 2017 Veterans Day

Several special events will highlight Winston County’s annual observance of Veteran’s Day on Saturday, November 11, according to Amy Hillyer, Executive Director of the Winston County Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Association. Hillyer noted that Winston County takes great pride in recognizing its veterans each year and 2017 will continue that tradition.

The Louisville Lions Club will continue its annual display of United States Flags in and around the downtown business district. Significantly, the MS Highway 15/25 bypass inside the city limits of Louisville has been designated by the city as Veterans Memorial Drive and also has been recognized as a Blue Star Memorial Highway by the National Council of State Garden Clubs. Louisville is also a certified Purple Heart Community. For the full week before and including Veterans Day, the Louisville Lions Club will adorn each traffic light tower on Veterans Memorial Drive with two American flags. In all, sixty American flags will be on display on the bypass. “Saturday, November 11, we will see thousands of additional cars traveling through our city limits on the bypass to and from the Mississippi State/Alabama football game. The occupants of these vehicles can’t help but be impressed with how we honor our veterans,” Hillyer said.

The annual Veterans Day Parade will, once again, be held in downtown Louisville (weather permitting) honoring all men and women who’ve served in our armed forces. Veterans are encouraged to assemble at the office of the Winston County Partnership (Community House) on Park Street beginning at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be served prior to the parade’s formation and send off. The parade will be led this year by the Louisville High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard and the LHS Marching Band. The parade will depart from the Community House at 9:45 a.m. and travel from there to the Winston County Courthouse where Winston County Veterans Affairs Officer Larry Veazey will preside over a brief ceremony including the laying of a wreath at the Veterans Monument on the front lawn of the courthouse. The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

Immediately following the conclusion of the wreath laying ceremony, participants will be encouraged to step inside and into the lobby of the courthouse for another significant ceremony. The original, 1888 cornerstone from the Winston County Courthouse is being put on permanent display and will be unveiled in a special ceremony featuring all members of the Winston County Judiciary as well as Retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice David Chandler. Along with the cornerstone being unveiled, another significant artifact from the 1888 courthouse will also be placed on display. A unique, window transom bearing the words “The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword”, which is remembered by many Winston County residents from when it hung over the Winston County Chancery Clerk’s office will also be rehung in the courthouse lobby.

Hillyer said, “This will be a special day in the life and history of Winston County. I am hoping that in this year of some many concerns around the world, we all will take just a few moments from our schedules on Saturday, November 11, to remember our veterans and what they have meant to us in the past and continue to do so today. It will also be wonderful to remember the rich history of our Courthouse and it seems only fitting that we combine these two celebrations on Saturday, November 11 at 10 o’clock.