When: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: MPB Auditorium, 3825 Ridgewood Road,
Jackson, MS 39211
Here’s what we have planned:
Emceed by Jill Conner Browne.
Welcome by Governor Phil Bryant.
Watch Party Grab a bag of popcorn and get a sneak peek at the MPB original documentary, “Mississippians in Vietnam: A Shared Experience” that is scheduled to air on MPB Television at 8 p.m. November 9. We are inviting all veterans and the community at large to join us for an early viewing. In this short documentary, Mississippi veterans reveal how they survived the Vietnam War though more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives. Our veterans also recount their grateful return.
Panel discussion featuring members of a reunited squad:
(Weapons squad, 3rd platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade / 1965-1966)
William Yates (Mobile, AL)
Robert Toporek (Audubon, PA)
Wayne Short (Carthage, NC)
Samuel Grimes (Enterprise, AL)
These men served with Pfc. Milton Lee Olive, III during the Vietnam War. Some of them live today because Olive gave his 18-year-old life for them. Olive is from Lexington, MS and was the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. We are celebrating Olive’s bravery and all of Mississippi veterans’ service to America.
Entertainment and serenades by Melvin Williams Mississippi’s own legendary Gospel icon, Hall of Famer, 7-time GRAMMY Award nominee, 17-time Stellar Award winner, and U.S. Music Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State Cultural Affairs.
If you are a Vietnam War veteran, you can get a free book by showing your DD-214.
Reception courtesy of the MPB Foundation.
Sponsored in part by Hilton Garden Inn.
This program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.