Patriotic Celebration

By: Chris Brennaman
By: Chris Brennaman

This Fourth of July weekend churches all across the area were celebrating with special patriotic services. One of those was at Highland Baptist Church. Their program, "I Love America" also paid tribute to the late G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery.

With the recreation of the famous raising of the flag at Iwo Jima and several patriotic songs, Highland Baptist Church honored veterans.

"Anytime you're going to honor veterans or honor military people, who do you have other than Sonny Montgomery? He is so well known and so well appreciated. He went to bat for the military all his career, so we were delighted to use some video footage of him to help us present this program tonight," Franklin Denham, Music Minister.

A video was played came from the 1997 patriotic program that Sonny Montgomery attended. One of the clips that were played was Montgomery leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Anytime you're going to honor military or soldiers of any fashion how do you do it other than just say 'thank you.' It's simple and so many do not receive any appreciation. We're just glad we were able to do that tonight. And we do that every year. But it's always interesting to see how many are coming down the aisle when we honor the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard," said Denham.

Plenty of activities are planned to celebrate the holiday. Meridian's Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Bonita Lakes is this Tuesday evening.

Meridian Fourth of July Celebration
Bonita Lakes Park
5:00 - Music Begins
7:30 - Sonny Montgomery Patriot Award
8:00 - NAS Flyover
9:00 - Fireworks

Pearl River Resort - Neshoba County
Annual Fireworks Display
Monday - 9:00p.m.

Archusa Creek Water Park - Quitman
Annual Fireworks Display
Monday - 9:00p.m.

Check with your local officials for celebrations in your area.


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