Veterans gather at Dewitt DeWeese Park in 2017 for the annual Veterans Day program. This year’s program is Monday.
Veterans gather at Dewitt DeWeese Park in 2017 for the annual Veterans Day program. This year’s program is Monday.
A Philadelphia native will return home Monday to address the Veterans Memorial Day Program at 11 a.m. at Dewitt DeWeese Park.

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on Nov. 11 that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces, according to Internet sources. Because Nov. 11 falls on a Sunday this year, some location recognition services have been moved.

Col. C. Allen McDaniel II, a native of Philadelphia, will be the special speaker for the local program. He is the fifth executive director of the National Guard Association of Mississippi, taking that position in January 2017. 

He first joined NGAMS as deputy director on April 15, 2014, and has been an active member since he commissioned as a second lieutenant.  However, his military career began in 1990 when he enlisted as a private and continued as an engineer officer, ultimately progressing to his current military position as State Judge Advocate. McDaniel deployed to Iraq in 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

McDaniel graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He completed his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law. Before joining NGAMS, he practiced law at Page, Kruger & Holland, P.A. in public sector defense and general litigation.

The program will begin at 11 a.m.  Colors will be presented by the Neshoba Central High School Naval Junior ROTC. Andrea Moore will sing the National Anthem and Ceil Hooker will sing God Bless America. Tony Stewart will present the devotional.

Flowers will be presented by V.F.W. Post 4396, American Legion Post 238, American Legion Post 138 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 677.

Gold Star Mothers will be recognized during the program, along with Veterans of each war.

When the speaker finishes, the Neshoba Central band will play Taps.

In case of bad weather, the program will be moved inside to VFW Post 4396, Highway 16 East.