So how do we even begin to repay the sacrifice of those that gave their all for us this Memorial Day and all the days to come? A few tips from Veteran Bob Graves of Winona, Miss.:
1. We should never forget them. “We should embrace their families, friends and loved ones for those left behind have sacrificed as well,” Graves said.
2. We should be good citizens. “We must vote and be involved in government at all levels,” Graves said. “The freedoms we enjoy must be guarded from a too powerful government and from a too powerful bureaucracy.”
3. Support the military. “We must support those that serve in our military defending our way of life,” Graves said. “Today, a grave threat to our freedoms exists in the form of terrorism. We cannot be a free people if we must live in constant fear of a terrorist act.”
4. Tell the stories of military heroes. “We must tell the stories of those that we honor today to our children and our grandchildren,” Graves said. “We cannot let our young believe that Memorial Day is ‘National Bar-b-que Day’. Those that come after us must know that their freedom came at a price, that others gave their all for them.”
5. Hug and pray. “This Memorial Day, hug a family member or friend of one of the people named on the monument out in front of the courthouse, hug a veteran, say a prayer of thanks for them, a prayer of thanks for our liberty, and pray that God continues to bless America,” Graves said.
Mary Lee Browning shows some of the items she has purchased as gifts and door prizes for the Veteran’s Christmas Party (the Browning Party) event at the Memphis VA this Saturday. (Photo by Gwen Sisson)
“My house looks like the North Pole,” said Mary Lee Browning.
It began as a labor of love. And now, the Browning Christmas is a special tradition at the Veterans Administration office in Memphis, Tenn.
Mary Lee Browning created this special Christmas Party to help veterans during the holidays after her son, Tracy Browning, became a paralyzed veteran at the age of 21. He is now 44. Tracy was injured while serving in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Offut Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. Tracy became a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and served as the Mississippi Liaison Officer for several years.
The main office for the Mid-South Paralyzed Veterans is located in the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The VA Hospital in Jackson does not have a spinal cord unit, so veterans from Mississippi who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are sent to the Memphis VA.
“That is why this Christmas Party is held at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis,” Browning said. “But I do include all Veterans that come to the party, not just the paralyzed Vets.”
And this Saturday, Dec 3, the tradition continues. The Paralyzed Veterans Organization will prepare a special Christmas luncheon and the “Browning Christmas” (as the veterans call it) will follow. Continue reading
While it was a small group, it was a special time to honor and celebrate veterans in Montgomery County.
Calbrina Woods, organizer of the Veterans Appreciation Parade, is part of the Family Readiness Group of the local National Guard Unit. Woods said the event was a way to honor veterans by remembering their service.
“It is a way for us to give recognition to our local veterans and for us to remember their hard work and sacrifice,” Woods said. “It is important for them to know that their hard work has not gone unnoticed, and it is important for us to notice and remember that our freedom comes as a result of the sacrifice of others.”
In preparation for Memorial Sunday at North Union Cemetery, flags were placed on the markers of veterans in remembrance of their service.
Veterans remembered at North Union Cemetery include: Harold G. Shaw, Stanley Pepper, George Pepper, William Allen Sisson, Richard Calvin Spikes, Robert Cecil Skelton, James Imri Oswalt, Joe Carroll Evans, Billy Richardson, Bertram Neil Shaw, Donald Shaw, Joe Irby Fox, Joe Hood Wilson, James B. Weddle, T.U. “Hank “Pepper, William Leonard Moore, Robert D. Thompson, Edward M. Moore, William E. Moore, B.C. “Doc” Betterton, Grover C. Norwood, William Perry Sprayberry, Jack Bruce, Ralph Porter, William Eugene Porter, Floyd Shaw, John Everett Pepper, Claude Garnett, Oris Sisson, Rachel L. Mitchell, Marlowe Mitchell, Bill Finch Mitchell, Willard Aaron Pepper, John M. Moore, James Dobbs, Juanita Sugg Glisson, Leroy Taylor Spikes, Continue reading
In preparation for Memorial Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, flags were place on the markers of veterans in remembrance of their service.
Veterans remembered at Ebenezer Baptist Church include: William Nathan Bramlett, Robert Box, Woodrow Box, Victor Davis, John C. McWhorter, Leon Carter Peacock, Angelo E. Peacock, Ben Pearson, Fred K. Pearson, Rufus Grandville Pearson, Denton Talley, Bobby C. Woods and Kenneth Boyce Woods.
Special thanks to the Joe H. Moorehead VFW Post 3806 for the donation of the American flags.