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These panels are representations of a World War I soldier. And although there are several figures on the two panels, they represent a single soldier at war, winning the peace, and returning home and picking up on his life again.   Source: WLBT These panels are representations of a World War I soldier. And although there are several figures on the two panels, they represent a single soldier at war, winning the peace, and returning home and picking up on his life again. Source: WLBT
Other wars Mississippians have fought in and Mississippi war heroes are commemorated here.    Source: WLBT Other wars Mississippians have fought in and Mississippi war heroes are commemorated here. Source: WLBT
There is a Tomb of an Unknown Soldier, representing all of the Mississippians lost in all of the wars.  Source: WLBT There is a Tomb of an Unknown Soldier, representing all of the Mississippians lost in all of the wars. Source: WLBT
The panels on the exterior doors and walls in the courtyard of the War Memorial Building gives a reminder that we seem to be constantly run through a series of lesser and bigger events, starting with the Battle of Ackia.  Source: WLBT The panels on the exterior doors and walls in the courtyard of the War Memorial Building gives a reminder that we seem to be constantly run through a series of lesser and bigger events, starting with the Battle of Ackia. Source: WLBT
All the WWI veterans have faded away. We are fast losing our WWII veterans. But during these peaceful days they brought for us between conflicts, we can visit the building in their memory.   Source: WLBT All the WWI veterans have faded away. We are fast losing our WWII veterans. But during these peaceful days they brought for us between conflicts, we can visit the building in their memory. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

This week, we're traveling to a landmark in downtown Jackson. The building is nestled on the north-east part of the old capitol green, and takes on a little more significance this year.  

It is the sculpted relief panels on the front of the War Memorial Building that reminded me of this building when I heard on the news the other day that, in late July, we passed the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

I recalled that these panels are representations of a World War I soldier. And although there are several figures on the two panels, they represent a single soldier at war, winning the peace, and returning home and picking up on his life again. All of the figures have the same face, even the woman, because they represent one person, or the life of one person in many seasons. Hey, its art, after all.

Just a quick perusal of the panels on the exterior doors and walls in the courtyard of the War Memorial Building gives a reminder that we seem to be constantly run through a series of lesser and bigger events, starting with the Battle of Ackia. (I don't really know how to pronounce it).

if you've forgotten your Mississippi history, Ackia taught the French that taking Chickasaw lands wasn't going to be the cakewalk they thought it was back in colonial days. The battleground is under a neighborhood in south Tupelo, today.  

Other wars Mississippians have fought in and Mississippi war heroes are commemorated here. Jefferson Davis for example had a lot to do with American history before becoming the President of the Confederacy.

John Quitman, a general in the Mexican War, accepted the surrender of Mexico City and gave the marines the first line of the marine hymn, "from the Halls of Montezuma.."  

There is a Tomb of an Unknown Soldier, representing all of the Mississippians lost in all of the wars; those wars remembered in a museum of sorts inside on the 2nd floor, from colonial days to Afghanistan.  

It kind of shocked me that WWI started a hundred years ago. I knew WWI veterans. Reminds me of when my mama told me she used to see Civil War veterans sitting on the benches around the courthouse in Fulton where she grew up. All of them faded away.

All the WWI veterans have faded away. We are fast losing our WWII veterans. But during these peaceful days they brought for us between conflicts, we can visit the building in their memory in downtown Jackson.

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