Veterans Day in Oswalt Park

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Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5189 fire a salute during the 2016 observance.

The annual Veterans Day observance will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 10 in Oswalt Park in downtown Vicksburg, to allow school students to participate. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5189, named after Capt. Charles E. Osborne, will be conducting the annual flag ceremony. The observance usually takes place on the national holiday on Nov. 11 which originally was known as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I 99 years ago. Each year, fifth grade students from Sunset School join the ceremony and use sign language for the National Anthem as it is played over the loud speaker. Boy Scouts from Troop 251 participate in saluting the colors of each armed services branch. The guest speaker will be, former U.S. Army Major Richard Furney. Major Furney is a veteran of several deployments including combat in Somalia as part of the Third Mountain Division. He and his family are Vicksburg residents.

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