SOUTHAVEN – Americans should remember the real meaning about Memorial Day this weekend.
That was the message of Mississippi U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker after an appearance during a Friday luncheon in Southaven.
Wicker spoke to community and Boy Scout leaders during a Chickasaw Council Impact Luncheon held at Southern Thunder Harley Davidson.
Organizers used the luncheon to explain the role of Scouting today and to invite those who may be interested in starting a Scout troop to start that process.
Wicker, the featured speaker for the luncheon, said Americans should respect the holiday and what it represents.
“I think we should remember the real purpose of Memorial Day and be thankful for those fallen in the service of their country,” Wicker said. “This is a more solemn memory.”
In talking about Memorial Day, Wicker was reminded that the Magnolia State may have been where the tradition was started, when in 1866, women of Columbus, Mississippi laid flowers on the graves of fallen Confederate and Union soldiers buried in the local cemetery.
The Republican also noted this year will be a special Memorial Day for his family and son, Air Force Capt. McDaniel Wicker.
“It’s a very special weekend for me because I’m saying goodbye to my son while he is deployed to Afghanistan,” Wicker said. “It’s a particularly patriotic moment for our family.”