Philadelphia celebrates military veterans

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Philadelphia paid tribute to Military Veterans with a program Monday morning.

Philadelphia's annual Veterans Day program (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

Rain pushed the ceremony inside, but the celebration continued at the VFW building. The program included words of remembrance from guest speaker and Philadelphia native Col. Allen McDaniel of the National Guard Association of Mississippi.

"The message today is that as far as the military goes, we are not here by ourselves. We're not in a situation where in some type of a vacuum. Everybody in the community, the families, and the employers are all impacted by the military and all impact the military," says Col. McDaniel.

Col. McDaniel is the 5th Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Mississippi. He says the military's relationship with its community is very important to keeping a strong presence in the state.