Mathiston plans Veterans Day program, memorial

From Press, Staff Reports

The Mathiston Development and Support Council will unveil the designs for Mathiston’s veterans’ memorial during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday.

The memorial, designed by architect Bill Mann, will be built on a 3.8- acre property acquired by the town in June, located between Mathiston’s town park and its baseball and tennis recreational areas.

The town has accepted bids for timber removal on this property, proposed to be called “Veterans Memorial Park.” The monument will feature the names of all Mathiston area veterans who lost their lives in service.

According to Mathiston Development and Support Council Executive Director Lavelle McAlpin, “There is no question that in times of war and national emergency, Mathiston has answered the call to serve. Mathiston and its surrounding areas have had 17 men to die in service of their country. For such a small area, this is a tremendous amount of sacrifice.

“In addition, we have had countless others who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Mathiston lost one soldier in World War I, 12 in World War II, two in the Korean War era, one in Vietnam and one in Beirut, Lebanon. This monument is an excellent way to honor these men who sacrificed their lives, as well has honor all those who have served.”

The Veterans Day ceremony will take place at Mathiston First Baptist Church, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Eupora Veterans Day program Joe H. Morehead VFW Post 3806 will be having a Veterans Day program at the Eupora Post Office veterans’ monument at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 to honor all of the fallen heroes of Webster County.

Post 3806 and Ladies Auxiliary will also host a Veterans Day Banquet at the post home on VFW Road at 6:30 p.m. Monday. All veterans and/or veterans’ families are invited to attend.