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The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is partnering with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mississippi Veterans Affairs, and Mississippi War Veterans Memorial Commission to honor Mississippians who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 8, in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums—Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

“Mississippi’s extraordinary record of military service is one of the most inspiring stories that we share in the Two Mississippi Museums,” said MDAH director Katie Blount. “We are pleased to join with our military service organizations to pay special tribute to all the many Mississippians who have served our country.”

The program will include a performance by the 41st Army Band, a moment of silence, recognition of the veterans in attendance, memorial volley, wreath laying, and a keynote speech delivered by Major General Janson D. Boyles—the Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard. Governor–elect Tate Reeves will make remarks. A reception will follow. MDAH director Katie Blount will serve as master of ceremony.

“The Daughters of the American Revolution and Mississippi War Commission have long honored those who serve with a Veterans Day program," said Colonel Allen McDaniel, executive director of the National Guard Association of Mississippi.  "Last year we were excited to expand our ability to honor them by adding the Two Mississippi Museums and Mississippi Veterans Affairs. We look forward to continuing the celebration again this year for these outstanding patriots."

From Friday, November 8, to Sunday, November 10, the museums are offering free admission to military veterans and a family member. Mississippi Veterans Affairs will also be present at the program to provide updates to veterans on available services. For more information, call 601-540-2794 or email amcdaniel@ngams.org.

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