The Star Herald
This year’s Aisle of Honor was exceptional on all accounts. There was an estimated attendance of over 300 people. We want to thank the local media for their coverage through newspaper and radio.
First, we would like to thank all of the volunteers that came out at 6 a.m. to Parkway Cemetery to help raise 331 flags. Your show of patriotism speaks volumes for the citizens of Kosciusko and Attala County.
Thank you to Mayor Jimmy Cockroft and the City of Kosciusko for motivating our community. Your radio ads and enthusiasm for the Memorial Day events really set the pace for our entire town. The flags lining Veterans Memorial Drive were breathtaking. Thank you also, to Central Mississippi Office Supply for your contribution in printing our program each year. Thank you to the Natchez Trace Gardens and Coghlan Jewelers. We also owe thanks to McDonalds Restaurant for furnishing sausage and biscuits again this year to the volunteers setting the flags. We would also like to say how proud we are that the American Legion Riders provided one of the most emotional flag retirement ceremonies in the state.
Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s program: Mr. Bill Grymes, The Kosciusko HIgh School Drum Line, The Mississippi Army National Guard, Allen Fletcher, Gabby Kelly, Austin Roebuck, Melvin Gibson, James Foster and Kary Ellington, president of the Attala County Board of Supervisors, for his warm welcome to the audience.
The message given by Brig. Gen. Robert F. Thomas reflected the nostalgia and warmth we all feel toward America’s heroes. He later commented that he was very touched by the amount of respect that our community shows toward veterans during this 20th year of the Aisle of Honor. It is a symbol of America’s strength, bravery, unity and pride which began in our past, lives in our present and will be what carries us into the future.
To all veterans we would like to say that it is our privilege to prepare the Aisle of Honor service. It is an amazing feeling to witness the unity and bond that our veterans show as they march together down the Aisle of Honor. It is a symbol of America’s strength, bravery, unity and pride which began in our past, lives in our present and will be what carries us into the future.
Emmette Armstrong, chairman
United Veterans of Attala County