GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - A patriotic ceremony was held in front of Gautier city hall Thursday morning. Dozens of veterans attended the event at the new Mississippi veterans tribute tower.
It was the first of four ceremonies over the next 24 hours at the tower. The veterans were given bronze ingots that will be melted down for the next day to form a freedom bell.
That bell will be broken out of its casting Friday at 8 a.m. and then placed on the tower. Attendees said this is recognition for every vet and serves as a way to "Take Time to Remember" our veterans.
Officials said the tower is a nationally recognized tourism landmark. The bell tower is 30 feet tall and features four clock dials and a 250-pound, 24-inch-diameter bell.