City of Hernando to honor WWII veterans

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - The city of Hernando will honor hundreds of World War II veterans in an event aimed at recognizing our nation's heroes this Saturday.

Steve Powell, the veterans service officer for Desoto County, said it is important to remember those who were called to duty because they still deserve our appreciation.

"We're losing those veterans daily by the hundreds and thousands and this generation is almost gone," Powell said. "And we would like to honor the ones that are still here and those that passed."

Powell, a Vietnam War veteran, ensures that veterans understand and properly fill out any paperwork they need for medical issues, benefits and compensation. He said an estimated 275 WWII veterans are expected to attend Saturday's tribute.

"They volunteered so much and jumped right out there," Powell said. "Nobody had to say 'we've got to have you'...they went."

Larry Thibeault enlisted in the Navy in 1944 when he was 17 years old. He considers himself a patriot and believes it is important to show appreciation and support to a lost generation.

"I'm just a very patriotic person and I get goose bumps when I see old glory go up on that flag pole," Thibeault said. "And that's the way I've been all my life."

Saturday's celebration begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. It will feature several guest speakers, a WWII display and an appearance by the Navy band.

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