Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. there will be a demonstration at the Brownstone Center for the Arts at Pearl River Community College. Several displays will include period cannons and a crew to explain how the weapons were used. Arrive early to allow time to take in these historic displays.
American Legion McSween-Johnston Post 73, Picayune will have a booth at the event, and author Susan Eble will be selling her book about the war. Beginning at 7, the Pearl River Central High School’s Navy Junior Officers Training Corp Color Guard will present the colors and the Pearl River County Community Band will perform the national anthem and several period classics.
The names of the 14 fallen soldiers from Pearl River County will be read, and the winners of the high school essay contest will be announced. The featured speaker will be Dr. Andrew Wiest who will be speaking about WWI in Mississippi.
On Saturday Oct. 6, there will be a parade down Main Street in Poplarville beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will end at the WWI monument in front of the courthouse. PRCHS’s NJROTC, Sea Cadets from Biloxi and Mobile, Ala., representatives from American Legion McSween-Johnston Post 73 and the Poplarville High School band will be marching in the parade. A period cannon will be fired while the parade is moving down Main Street until everyone arrives at the monument.
Recognition of the fallen soldiers will be given and the monument will be rededicated. Poplarville Mayor Rossie Creel will also give a short speech. Several artifacts from Camp Shelby along with period machine guns will also be on display.
After the ceremony, graveside services at the Poplarville Cemetery will be held for three of the 14 local soldiers who died in the war. The public is invited to each event, which are all free, and hosted by the Pearl River County WWI Centennial Remembrance Organization.
The Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library will also feature a display of WWI artifacts and photographs in the lobby.