A group of veterans in Ocean Springs had a touching start to Memorial Day. The old Ocean Springs High, now the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, will fly the stars and stripes 24-7 for the first time in years. The American Legion Post 42 presented Mayor Connie Moran with the flag and raised it while honoring Emile Ladnier, the soldier remembered by the memorial on the property.
Robert Endt, Mississippi Southern Area Commander of the American Legion, says, “Well, the American Legion, back after World War I, played a big party in the history of Ocean Springs. A lot of people don’t know the history of the monument out there and a few years ago, there was talk about removing it because it was too hard to maintain. There’s a lot of history to it, and we don't want to lose that.” Emile Ladnier, honored by the monument, was the only Ocean Springs resident who lost his life in World War I.