Camp Shelby honors fallen heroes with online Memorial Day Ceremony

Camp Shelby honors fallen heroes with online Memorial Day Ceremony

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Members of the Mississippi National Guard and staff with the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby gathered Friday for a brief, online Memorial Day Service.

During the event, a wreath was placed at the museum’s Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, which honors the families of fallen soldiers.

Also during the service, a special tribute was made to U.S. Army Pvt. Willie E. “Pete” King, of Lyman.

U.S. Army private Willie E. “Pete” King was killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
U.S. Army private Willie E. “Pete” King was killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (Source: WDAM)

King was a member of the 29th Infantry Division and was killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944. King was killed in the initial wave of attacks during the invasion of Normandy.

The Memorial Day Service was streamed live on the museum’s Facebook page.

Posted by Mississippi Armed Forces Museum on Friday, May 22, 2020

This year’s ceremony was scaled back and limited to just a few participants because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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