The campaign, “Stand Behind Those That Stood in Front of Us,” kicked off in March with the group aiming to raise the money by March 2012. Through the generosity of local people and organizations, the group has raised more than $33,000 with seven months to go in the year-long campaign. (August 29, 2011, Page 1A)
Glynna McKendree writes to thank all involved for helping the “Stand Behind Those Who Stood In Front of Us” campaign reach its goal much earlier than expected, and to remind everyone that the project and others to honor veterans is still ongoing. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray received a form letter the other day asking for contributions and support for one of our major political parties. That sparked Ray to ponder both major parties and how neither one completely fills most folks wish lists. (June 13, 2011, Page 4)
Burley Bridges learned about hard work while in the Civilian Conservation Corps before entering the U.S. Army in 1939. Bridges’ story is part of a series of stories about residents at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. (June 3, 2011, Page 3B)
Veterans and those who support them spent Monday morning honoring those who gave all for the freedoms everyone enjoys each day during the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at the National Guard Armory. (May 31, 2011, Page 1)
Area residents will have three programs this Memorial Day to give everyone a chance to honor those who gave all.
— Community service at 10 a.m. at the National Guard Armory in Oxford; guest speaker will be Don Hutson
— Mississippi State Veteran’s Home at 10 a.m.; guest speaker will be SP5 Jimmy C. Reed Jr.
— Water Valley VFW at 11 a.m. on Main Street; free lunch provided following service. (May 27, 2011, Page 1A,3A)
Air Force veteran Willie Kimmons is this week’s featured veteran. He’s considered by many to be “the life” of the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. (May 6, 2011, Page 3B)
Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi donated $15,000 toward 10 new electrical beds for the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford recently. (April 13, 2011, Page 2)
The VFW, American Legion, Order of the Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans have been holding several fundraisers over the past year to raise money toward building the park that will be located on Veterans Boulevard, across from the Veterans State Home. So far, a pavilion with bathrooms has been constructed. The land has been cleared and lights have been installed along with some benches. Fundraising efforts continue with an upcoming Valentine’s Day raffle. (February 3, 2011, Page 2)
Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how we’ve dealt with our fallen military men and women through the years, and wonders why we don’t always seem to have as noticeable of a welcome back for returning servicemen and women. On Veterans Day, he urges us to take care of all of our veterans. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)