Pearl River Community College Honors Veterans

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Pearl River Community College is taking the time to honor the sacrifices of veterans. The community college held a special ceremony in Poplarville Thursday to recognize the alumni who have put on the uniform.

Mississippi Army National Guardsman Tiffany Roy was among those who read the names of men who went to war and never came back.

"I was thinking, 'I don't know these men, but I'm proud of what they did,'" said Roy. "They led me on in this career to go to college and wear this uniform."

Military Recognition Day was a chance to show love for America and for the people who, along with being Pearl River Community College graduates, have served in the military.

Veteran Francis Herrin said, "I think it was one of the greatest things that we could have done here at Pearl River Community College. I'm also on the board here that helped set all this up, so I'm very tightly tied into it. All of us on the board thought this would be one of the greatest things that we could do to honor the veterans of PRCC."

Two Wildcat alumni offered words of wisdom and inspiration. One is a former PRCC president who served in both World War II and Korea. The other is a retired National Guard major general.

Ret. Gen. Hudson Holliday said, "We must end the complacency that's in this county. We must stop the apathy and the indifference."

Still, some people in the audience said no words could touch them as deeply as a bugler's sad song.

"I guess probably playing the taps. That kind of brings tears to your eyes," said Herrin.

College officials say the Military Recognition Day was part of PRCC's centennial celebration.