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10 things to know about Veterans Day

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Today marks the day when the United States thanks all of its veterans, but especially those still with us who have served in peacetime and war.

Here are a few things you may not know about Veterans Day.

  1. Veterans Day began Nov. 11, 1919, as Armistice Day, celebrating the first anniversary of the end of the fighting in World War I
  2. Encyclopedia Britannica estimates the total number of participating personnel in World War I, also known as the “war to end all war,” at 65,038,810. Approximately 9,750,103 soldiers died during the conflict.
  3. Armistice Day marked the end of the fighting, but not the official end of the war. That happened months later, on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The harsh conditions exacted in that treaty is seen as a harbinger of World War II in Europe, which started less than 20 years later.
  4. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 to officially mark Nov. 11—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,”—as a holiday.
  5. President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954.
  6. In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Act moved Veterans Day to the third Monday in October; however, President Gerald Ford moved it back to Nov. 11 because of the date’s historical significance.
  7. There is no apostrophe in Veterans Day. The day honors all veterans; therefore, it is not Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day, which would imply it belongs to one or a group of veterans.
  8. It’s not the same as Memorial Day. Veterans Day honors all vets, living or dead, but mostly, it’s a day to thank living veterans for their service in peacetime or war. Memorial Day honors those who have died in uniform, particularly those who died in battle or from wounds received in battle.
  9. Other countries also celebrate the day, but under a different name. Canada and Australia celebrate Nov. 11 as Remembrance Day. Great Britain holds Remembrance Day on the Sunday closest to Nov. 11.
  10. The last U.S. military veteran of World War I died Feb. 27, 2011, at the age of 110. Frank Buckles enlisted in 1917 at age 16, and rose to the rank of corporal serving with the U.S. Army during the “Great War.” He also served in a civilian capacity during World War II, where he was captured by the Japanese and held prisoner for three years.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”

—President Woodrow Wilson, in his 1919 proclamation marking the day.

 

 

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Mississippi Boy Choir’s annual Christmas Concert will be online Friday

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(photo from MBC Facebook page)

The Mississippi Boy Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert virtually this year, meaning everyone can enjoy the choir for free.

The concert is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the choir’s website from the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.

2020 marks the 26th season for the choir, which stems from a 1,500-year-old tradition of boys singing in the great cathedrals of Western Europe. The organization has two choirs: a training choir that consists of young boys in second grade up whose voices have not changed, and a concert choir with both changed and unchanged voices. The concert choir generally consists of boys from the fifth through the 12th grade.

The Vicksburg branch of the Mississippi Boy Choir meets on Mondays at the Church of the Holy Trinity on South Street.

Friday’s performance is funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Annual Christmas Parade of Lights canceled

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Vicksburg Christmas Parade 2019

Vicksburg Main Street has announced that the annual Christmas Parade of Lights scheduled for Dec. 5 has been canceled.

Applications to participate in the parade, themed “Frozen in Time,” were due today.

Instead of the parade, Vicksburg Main Street is “reimagining” the event, substituting several smaller events to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.

  1. “This is an unusual year and we certainly want everyone to have a safe holiday,” said Board President Christi Kilroy. ” These well-thought-out changes were made to protect the people who visit downtown. The board and staff have done everything they can to keep the downtown
    experience festive and fun for the holidays.”

Vicksburg Christmas events include:

  • Friday, Nov. 27, live music at 5:30 p.m. and City of Vicksburg Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. – Santa will be present
  • Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 27 – Christmas in the Park- Make plans to see all the Christmas lights and decorations at Washington Street Park
  • Saturday, Nov. 28, All Day – Small Business Saturday
  • Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 to 5 p.m.- Old Fashion Holiday Open House. Shoppers who spend $25 or more will receive a poinsettia from the Vicksburg Main Street Program. Santa will be strolling Washington Street and available for pictures – bring your camera!
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m. Reindeer Run at Catfish Row
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Levee Street Marketplace Christmas Open House
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 to 8 p.m., Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Kids in the Kitchen Christmas
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Breakfast with Santa
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bella la Vita Photography Toys for Tots Toy Drive
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 to 6 p.m., Second Saturday
  • Sunday, Dec. 13-12:30 p.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Holiday Jazz Brunch “Miracle on Swing Street”

Vicksburg’s Main Street organization appreciates the public’s support in the redesign of this year’s celebration and hopes that each and every citizen will visit the festive downtown area this holiday season to support our merchants, restaurants and businesses. The board and staff of Vicksburg Main Street remains committed to growing the economic vitality of our downtown and community.

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Vicksburg father and daughter finish St. Jude marathon together

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(photo courtesy of Philip Doiron)

Vicksburg natives Anna Kate Doiron and her father, Phillip Doiron, finished the virtual St. Jude race together Saturday, Nov. 14, making them two of the first participants of the first virtual marathon hosted by the Memphis children’s hospital.

Both Anna Kate and Phillip began training in June during the height of the pandemic. They met on some weekends in places like Lake Bruin, Louisiana, to train in preparation for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

They traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran distance of 26 miles in 4 hours and 58 minutes.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi, where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends held signs and cheered them on. Phillips’s wife, Kara, was waiting at the finish line to congratulate her daughter and husband.

Anna Kate posted her excitement on her Instagram page where she shared a photo with her father after completing the marathon.

Phillip, Executive Director and CEO of the Vicksburg YMCA, was thrilled to be able to share his love of fitness with his daughter.

“What started out as a fitness goal turned into some of the best memories that I have had in a long time with her,” Phillip said.

Anna Kate, who was the 2017 valedictorian of St. Aloysius High School, is now a senior at Ole Miss majoring in integrated marketing communications. After the race, the Doiron family stayed in Oxford and continued celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

The race, an annual fundraising event, began in 1977 as the Memphis Express Marathon, and became St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002. Since then, it has raised more than $60 million to support the hospital and allow countless children to receive free health care.

St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over four-months, beginning in August and culminating with a virtual race day Saturday, Dec. 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

 

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