JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Public Broadcasting along with the City of Tupelo will honor Mississippi Vietnam veterans Nov. 1-2 with two special events in Tupelo.
MPB will host Vietnam Reflections: Mississippi Stories from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum, 306 Elvis Presley Dr. in Tupelo. Seating is limited. The program will include a screening of Mississippians in Vietnam: A Shared Experience, which is an MPB original documentary and a panel discussion on Vietnam.
Panelists will be Rep. Manly Barton, District 109 of George and Jackson counties and Vietnam veteran; Rep. Mac Huddleston, District 15 of Pontotoc County and Vietnam veteran; Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, Vietnam POW; Amy Reeder, former wife of a Vietnam POW; and Marsha “Cricket” Holder, Army Vietnam veteran and SP5 Administration Specialist.
The MPB Foundation will host a reception following the program.
The event marks the second of three programs MPB is hosting to honor Mississippi Vietnam veterans. The first was held Sept. 1 in Ocean Springs. The third event will take place Nov. 9 at MPB Auditorium in Jackson.
On Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. MPB will join the City of Tupelo’s dedication of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial monument replica at Veterans Memorial Park in Tupelo. The replica is about 60 percent the size of the original monument in Washington, D.C. The program will include remarks by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. John Rowan, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to the dedication.
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