Local foundation hosts Veterans Day program, plans for memorial park

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - It's only a vacant piece of land right now, but president of the East Mississippi Memorial Foundation Jeff Summerlin said the site of Friday’s Veterans Day program will be home to a veteran’s memorial park.

"Veterans Day is a special time of the year where we honor our veterans and service members,” said Summerlin. “I would love to see this park completed and have a grand dedication for it next year."

The special program was attended by several local leaders including Congressman Michael Guest.

Veteran Marty McCann said he enjoyed seeing so many people celebrate our military heroes.

“Good turnout, I actually counted 116 folks here,” said McCann. “Us veterans do appreciate the fact that we get recognized."

Summerlin said the memorial foundation has raised $47,000 of the $400,000 goal for the park. He told the people in attendance he'd like to raise at least $23,000 more by January to get a military aircraft on display.

"As soon as the plane is up and going, the community will see it and really get behind us in our efforts,” said Summerlin.

Summerlin said Friday’s program was to remember veterans in recognition of Veterans Day and wants the upcoming park in place to help celebrate them each and every day.

"I want it to be a finished product,” said Summerlin. “That's my challenge to the community, to make this happen next year."

To donate to the memorial park:

- Stop by any branch of the Citizens National Bank and donate to The East Mississippi Veterans Memorial Foundation

- Visit www.EMVMF.com

- Send a donation to P.O. Box 4755 Meridian, Ms 39304