Veterans Day Events

Here is a list of events happening around South Mississippi that all veterans and current service members are encouraged to attend. However, the public is also welcome to attend, as well.

Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Long Beach Middle School, 204 N. Cleveland Ave. – 9 a.m.
    • Program includes student performances and guest speakers. The program will be followed by a small reception or veterans, current military service members, and their families.
  • Pearl River Community College, 101 Hwy. 11 N., Poplarville – 8 a.m.
    • Breakfast will be served to all veterans in the west dining room of the Olivia Bender Cafeteria beginning at 8 a.m.
  • Nichols Elementary, 590 Division St, Biloxi – 9 a.m.
  • Jeff Davis Elementary, 340 St Mary Blvd, Biloxi – 10 a.m.
  • Gorenflo Elementary,  771 Elder St, Biloxi – 10 a.m.
  • D’Iberville High, 15625 Lamey Bridge Rd, Biloxi – 10 a.m.
    • Breakfast will be served to past and present servicemembers, followed by a patriotic ceremony.

Friday, Nov. 9 

    • 18th annual program will take place in front of the Veterans Memorial Monument. Songs will be performed for each branch of the Armed Forces. Colors will be presented. A Presentation of the Wreath for the Fallen will be placed and Jackson County soldiers who died while in service will be honored. Residents are encouraged to attend.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, 400 Veterans Ave., Biloxi – 10:50 a.m.
    • A Veterans Day program will be held with special guest speakers, St. Martin High JROTC, and Knights of Columbus from across the Coast. The ceremony will be held in the Recreation Hall, located in Building 17
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home, 1800 Beach Dr., Gulfport – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • A ceremony honoring veterans and open house will be held. Resident art exhibitors will be in the main hall and art rooms. Residents art work and crafts will be available for purchase.
    • See the schedule of events below:
      • 0800  – Gates Open to the Public
      • 0830  – Patriot Guard Motorcycles Arrive
      • 0830  – Harrison County Sheriff  Helicopter Landing
      • 0840  – Ochsner Hospital Helicopter Landing
      • 0850  – United States Coast Guard Helicopter Landing
      • 0915  – Gulfport High Band Pre-Ceremony Music
      • 0930 – Veterans Day Ceremony
        • Keynote Speaker Capt. Ron Piret, Commanding Officer NAVO
        • 1000  – Musical Performance by Anniston Elementary 4th Grade Students
        • 1015  – Harrison County Sheriff K-9 Unit Demonstration
        • 1030  – M.D.O.T. Rollover Demonstration
        • 1030 1300 – Static Displays, Presentations & Art Displays
        • 1030 – 1300 – AFRH tours every 30 minutes (meet at Security Desk)
        • 1030 – 1300 –  Camp Shelby Night Vision Experience (Rm 1021)
        • 1230 – AFRH-G Gate closes to Public Access
      • 1300 – AFRH-G Veterans Day Conclusion
  • Popps Ferry Elementary,  364 Nelson Rd, Biloxi – 9 a.m.
    • Third grade class will perform patriotic songs and conduct a “white table ceremony” in honor of POW/MIA soldiers. After the program, the entire school will participate in a “Heroes Walk” through the campus, where students will line the hallways and sidewalks holding thank you posters and signs of support for military and veterans.
  • Gautier High,  4800 Gautier Vancleave Rd, Gautier – 7:30 a.m.
    • The school’s 19th annual Veterans Day program will be held, featuring keynote speaker (Ret.) Navy Cmdr. Robert Hardy of Pascagoula. A special video message from Sen. Bob Dole will also be shown to veterans. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria, followed by a short program.

Saturday, Nov. 10

  • Sean M. Cooley 5K Run – Ocean Springs-Biloxi Bridge – 7:30 a.m.
    • Walk to honor the life of M.Sgt. Sean M. Cooley, an Ocean Springs nurse who was killed in 2005 while serving in the Army National Guard. Same-day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the start of the walk, located across from Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. and will go across the bridge. All proceeds raised will go towards nursing scholarships for local students. Making this event even more meaningful, the Guard unit Sean Cooley served with – the 150th Engineering Battalion – will be participating in the run while they are deployed overseas.
  • Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade, Gulfport – 11 a.m.
    • The 18th annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Highway 49 in downtown Gulfport. Antique military vehicles, floats, military marching units, marching bands, and JROTC groups will be on display. This year’s grand marshal is Thomas “Butch” Harris. WLOX’s former anchor Jeff Lawson will emcee from the review stand. The parade will be followed by the Red, White and Blue Festival in Jones Park.

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  • Red, White and Blue Festival, Jones Park, Gulfport – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • There will be informational booths, static military displays, live entertainment and arts/crafts booths.

Monday, Nov. 12

  • Vancleave High School, 12424 Hwy. 57, Vancleave – 9:45 a.m.
    • Ceremony honoring veterans will be held. Reception to follow for veterans and their families.
  • Biloxi Upper Elementary, 1424 Father Ryan Ave. – 1:30 p.m.

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