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|Memorial Day activities on tap|
The oldest Memorial Day celebration locally, dating back to the 19th century, will be held Monday as the annual walk across the bridge to honor veterans will be held at 8 a.m.
According to coordinator Nathaniel Williams, line-up will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church on Magnolia Street in Vidalia.
Marchers will go over the bridge to the Natchez Convention Center before moving on to the Natchez National Cemetery. A program will be held at the cemetery at 11 a.m.
Williams said veterans and the general public are asked to participate.
There will also be a church service Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center sponsored by American Legion Post 590.
The Women's Relief Corps of the Grand Army of the Republic along with the Grand Army of the Republic started the May 30 Tradition during the 19th century.
The Natchez National Cemetery was created in 1866 to re-bury Union Army soldiers originally buried in the immediate Miss-Lou area during the Civil War. All of America's fallen veterans of all wars are remembered during the walk to the cemetery, which is also a physical commitment for aging men and women.
GAR's General Order No. 11 says: "Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided republic...If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us."
Major General Bennett Landreneau (retired) will be the keynote guest speaker at the 2012 Memorial Day Program to be held at First Baptist Church in Jonesville on Monday, May 28, at 2 p.m.
Refreshments will be served following the program in The Conn Room provided by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 163, Four Rivers For All Veterans and The Columns.
Parish government agencies and banks will be closed Monday for Memorial Day.
All Concordia Library branches will be closed Saturday, May 26, and Monday, May 28.
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