“Memorial Day is truly a holiday”
Monday was a day everyone should have thanked a veteran and those who lived to tell about serving overseas.
Memorial Day is not just a day off from work. If your lives have ever been affected or touched by a soldier, you know why Memorial Day is truly a holiday.
My uncle served in Vietnam in a special ops unit with the Army. He did unspeakable things to ensure the safety of his troops and, more importantly, the safety of our nation. Many thought Vietnam was a senseless war with many American casualties.
My husband served in Desert Storm with the Navy. He was on a ship and would dive in search of mines. Many thought Desert Storm was a senseless war.
I have two nephews who are currently serving - one as a Marine and one in the Coast Guard. Both have been over to the war zone. Joseph, the Marine, has been several times, the first coming home for his father’s funeral, who was a Vietnam veteran. The tales he told would raise the hair on your neck. Many think that Desert Shield is a senseless war.
War is not a pretty thing. Even if you think it is senseless, our military does not. The men and women who are fighting as you read this for the U.S. deserve a hug, a pat on the back, a big ol’ batch of brownies or, at the very least, a thank you.
If it were not for their sacrifice of spending time with their own families, we would not have the freedom afforded us in America. For the families who have loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice with their soldier losing his or her life, words cannot express enough gratitude. The best of the best sign up voluntarily to protect our country!
Senseless or not, thank a veteran, hug a soldier and thank God every night when you lay your head down for living in the United States!
Miss Emma Koon to wed David Woods June 18 at Myrtle United Methodist
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wayne Koon of Myrtle are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Emma Corrine Koon, to David Lester Woods, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Lester Woods of Red Banks.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Boyd Mattox of New Albany, and the late Mr. and Mrs. David Jackson Koon of Myrtle.
She is a 2005 honors graduate of New Albany High School. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi in 2009. While at Ole Miss she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She is employed as store manager at Voe’s Boutique in Tupelo.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lamar Woods of Holly Springs and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wayne Briscoe of Red Banks.
He is a 2004 honors graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs. He graduated with an associate’s degree in civil technology from Northwest Community College in 2006. He is employed with Jon Woods Construction in Red Banks.
The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m., June 18, 2011, at Myrtle United Methodist Church in Myrtle. A reception will follow at the home of the bride’s parents.
Kimberly Jones and Cedric Stevenson to wed June 4 at Morning Star Baptist
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lee Stevenson Sr. of Holly Springs announce the engagement of their son Cedric DeMarcus Stevenson, also of Holly Springs, to Kimberly LaShawn Jones of Jackson. She is the daughter of Bernest Jones III and Dawn P. Jones, both of Jackson.
Kimberly is the granddaughter of Emma Lee Jones and the late Bernest Jones Jr. and the late Johnson Palmer Sr. and Minnie Palmer.
She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of business administration and Kaplan University with master of science in higher eduction. She is employed at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.
Cedric is the grandson of Jasper Hughes and the late LueDella Hughes, A.T. Cowan and Dorothy Mae Cowan.
He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of arts in psychology, master of arts in counseling and specialist degree in education. He is employed with the Shelby County School District in Memphis.
The wedding will be held at 4 p.m. on June 4, 2011 at Morning Star Baptist Church in Jackson.
All family and friends are cordially invited.
Remembering and respecting our veterans
Memorial Day is a great time to remember our hero-veterans who have protected and died for us and our freedom for 235 years.
Did you know that America has had ten wars and we are now in the 11th one? First, we had our War of Independence in 1776 with England and King George III, Wasn’t it great that we had the foresight for independence?
This is the greatest nation ever in the world, because we were founded on Christian rules and values. No other nation compares to us.
The War of 1812 was fought in 1814 in New Orleans after the war was over because communication was so bad.
We have a uniform from the Brooks family; it’s the only 1812 uniform in the state. The Seale progenitor, General Alexander B. Bradford, fought in this war and again in the Mexican War and then again in the Civil War. Could anyone beat that record?
On May 9, 1846, the Holly Springs Gazette on the second page of the paper (which had on it the pertinent hints to housewives, the usual antidotes and advertisements) announced that war was declared with Mexico in about an inch of space.
It said, “War and No Mistake! The citizens of Holly Springs and Marshall County will meet at the courthouse today and raise a volunteer company to march to General Taylor’s aid in Mexico.” The company drilled up and down these same streets of Holly Springs to the admiration of the populace.
Next was the War Between the States from 1861-1865, which nearly decimated the town as it was fought right here in our own back and front yards. We were invaded by an enemy army. All the able-bodied men went to war, leaving behind true, dedicated women, who all turned out to be Southern spies. That’s why we had 62 skirmishes during the War, the Southerners knew when to come. We were on the war plain located 14 miles north of the Tallahatchie and 14 miles south of Tennessee, so we were in the midst of it. The Yankees were after the railroad, which had been built in 1857, as they couldn’t get the river. General Grant, leader of the Northern army, chose Holly Springs as his headquarters and brought with him 64,000 troops to camp here. These same streets were full of blue-clad uniforms. The only person I ever knew in the Spanish American War in 1898 was Edgar Williams Custer. Remember Lawrence and Edward, his sons? Mr. Custer was from Kentucky and joined the war up there.
He came through here on the troop train which stopped here and Edgar was shot in the heart by Cupid when he saw a local belle, Lena Vanderburg. After the war, he came back here and married Lena and lived here forevermore. Then there was World War I, the war to end all wars. I remember World War I as I remember the Civil War, through handed down tales and history.
Mrs. J.B. Beck and her daughter, Easterbelle, were cooking in the kitchen in 1918 when a white dove started batting its wings against the window pane. Mrs. Beck started screaming, “Jimmy’s dead, Jimmy’s dead!” Her son Jimmy was across the sea fighting World War I. Her daughter, Easterbelle, said, “How do you know?” “The bird told me so!” An hour or two later, a telegram arrived saying Jimmy Beck had died in a hospital in England of the flu.
Also the Seessel boy who lived across from the museum in Linden Terrace died of the flu at the same time. The Seessel family then moved to Memphis and went into the grocery business. World War II was thrust upon us as a shock when we were attacked by the Japanese. Everybody was so patriotic and everybody was affected by the war. It was the first war with women in uniform. Everything was rationed and cut short, even hemlines to save on material. It was hard.
A USO was set up upstairs over Linwood’s for the visiting soldiers. Troop trains were rolling through here everyday. The town was filled again with uniforms. This war homogenized the world sending Southern boys north and Northern boys south. On the coattails of World War II came the Korean War in 1950. So many veterans fought in two wars at this time.
One was my husband, Ira Shipp, who is a veteran of both wars. My son-in-law, Mike Lynn, is a Korean War veteran.
We settled back thinking that was enough wars for awhile and then came the cold war turned full conflict with Vietnam in 1965, which was never declared a war officially by the Congress. Our own Bill Moore lost his legs during this conflict and came home to fight the battle of rehabilitation with a life dedicated to helping his fellowman.
The Three Month War was Desert Storm beginning on January 12, 1991 which lasted until April 3, 1991. The 2001 war began in Afghanistan in 2001 and is still ongoing.
The Iraq War began March 3, 2003 and combat ended August 31, 2010 but we are still there. We have furnished troops to every war except the first one because we weren’t in existence then.
This Memorial Day week, we should remember and respect our veterans past and present, who have fought our battles for us. Fly your flags and honor our troops!
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