The traditional Memorial Day ceremony was held in Starkville today, planned and executed by the Military Affairs Committee, which I co-chair. As has become our tradition, I was the master of ceremonies. The day started out great with a little cloud cover but warmed up near time for the ceremony. We always worry about the heat and its effects on some the elderly who attend. The Oktibbeha County Red Cross is always present though with water for those who need it.
Our guest speaker this year was LTC Jim Sisson who is the commander of the 2nd-114th Field Artillery Mississippi National Guard unit in Starkville.
We also had brief welcome speeches from the Mayor of Starkville, Parker Wiseman, and the President of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, Marvel Howard.
The Boy Scouts from troop 288 served as the color guard and also assisted with the laying of the traditional wreaths at the memorial in front of the courthouse.
This year we also had a parade thanks to Ashley Cumberland, a Mississippi State University student who organized the parade as her capstone project for the Appalachian Leadership Honors Program. She did a great job and spent many hours getting it organized. It was such a success that I think we will have to do it again next year but that will mean finding someone to organize it.