Meridian's mayoral candidates were out getting ready for Tuesday night's debate on this Memorial Day.
Cheri Barry and Percy Bland started their Memorial Day at the service at the Lauderdale County Courthouse.
Of the service, Cheri Barry said, "Today is a very special day, Memorial Day, for us to honor our veterans and our service men and women. I'm so glad to be a part of this because of our Veterans Resource Facility that this community has established in honor of our veterans. Thank you, veterans, for your service."
Percy Bland said, "Awesome Memorial Day service to honor those who have given their lives and their heart to serve this country. There's nothing like it, and it was a very exciting day in there. A lot of people attended today, and that was great. Excellent!"
The rest of their Memorial Day was spent knocking on doors. They are preparing for the debate that will air right on WTOK-TV Tuesday at 7 p.m. They both say they trying to learn what concerns the community has so they can prepare and plan to deal with those issues after the race.
"Just going back over everything we've already discussed in discussions and in forums," said Bland, the Democratic nominee. "We've had seven or eight forums. A lot of the issues we have discussed, but I want to let the people know that we are ready to address the real issues of this city, and I'm ready to be that leader to address those issues."
"I'm doing the same thing that I've done every day since the day I announced to be the next mayor of Meridian, and that is walking the streets. I'm finding out what the citizens of this community, what their wants are, what their needs are, their concerns, and their issues," said Barry, the Republican nominee. "Those will be the first things we address when I am mayor."
Tune in to WTOK-TV, Channel 11, for the debate Tuesday at 7 p.m.