Because COVID-19 has limited activities honoring veterans on Veterans Day, the American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring a special Veterans Luminary Trail today, Saturday.
The program will be a drive-through event to be held on Tallahatchie Trails, which is the road leading to the tennis and soccer complex.
The drive-through will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and special music will be available on WNAU 1470 AM.
Grades K-5 in all area schools have been decorating luminary bags provided by the American Legion Auxiliary of New Albany. “We are very excited to be able to do this in cooperation with city and county schools,” Windy Green, ALA Unit 72 vice-president, said. “There will be around 3,000 bags lit from our schools for our Veterans that night.”
The pandemic has also hurt the group’s fundraising efforts so they are accepting donations for this and other ongoing projects for local veterans as well as those in the VA home in Oxford.
“I am hoping we can make this event a yearly tradition to honor our veterans regardless of Covid-19, other sickness, or even physical impairments,” Green said.
The group offered sponsorships for different levels of participation during the drive-through and will be accepting donations to our local American Legion and Auxiliary at the end of the route.
Checks for contributions should be made payable to ALA Unit 72. Anyone who is interested in volunteering or who has any questions is asked to contact Windy Green at 601-503-3574 or Heather Whittington at 662-316-5295.
Mail all donations to Heather Whittington, 1050 CR 56, Myrtle, MS 38650 no later than Nov. 10. Pick-up can be arranged.American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, luminary, New Albany, Northeast Mississippi, Union County, veterans, Veterans' Day