Gov. Phil Bryant joined local dignitaries in honoring the memory of the late Charles Young, Sr.
The new Mississippi Highway Patrol office in Meridian was dedicated Tuesday and bears the name of the longtime state representative and businessman.
People from all over the state, including elected officials and Young's family were on hand.
State Rep. Charles Young, Jr., who now holds his father's seat in the legislature, said he is thrilled with the decision to name the building after his father.
"It is a very distinguished honor for the Young family to have this building, this district office named in his honor today," said Chuck Young.
Gov. Bryant recalled the days when he was a deputy sheriff. He said, for him, the building means that the days of little communication between city and county levels of government and law enforcement are over, and that the citizens can be served more efficiently.
"To see this unity in force with law enforcement is so critically important because it did not always happen," said Bryant.
Chuck Young agrees that this building is a huge asset not only for the department of public safety, but for the citizens of east Mississippi. He also said he believes that naming this building for his father is the perfect way to honor his legacy as a friend of law enforcement.
"My father labored for over forty years in order to work with the Department of Public Safety, with the Highway Patrol Department, and trying to help establish equality," said Young.
Since Lauderdale County's last Highway Patrol building was used for over forty years, the Young family says it hopes this one will be an asset to east Mississippi for many decades to come.