The Mississippi State Fairgrounds will host the inaugural Standing for American Freedom event inside the Mississippi Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in recognition of the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which will be observed nationwide on Dec. 7. The concert event, featuring music artists Travis Tritt and Lee Greenwood, will be held in partnership with the Friends of Mississippi Veterans. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit the construction and improvements of Mississippi Veterans Homes.
In addition to the program, an exposition will also be held inside the Mississippi Coliseum beginning at 2 p.m. and running until the end of the concert performances. The expo will include several vendor booths offering information on various military and veterans programs, services and resources, as well as recruitment opportunities for military branches, law enforcement departments and other first responder organizations. Admission for the expo is not required, however, admission upon re-entrance to the concert performances will be required.
“I invite everyone to come out and pay respect to our Mississippi veterans at the first-ever Standing for American Freedom event,” said Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson. “Former Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi Veterans Affairs Executive Director Stacey Pickering will join us that day as we honor all of our veterans and active military personnel who dedicate their lives to protecting our freedoms. In addition to the concert performances, statewide representatives of the military, first responders and medical professionals will be recognized through a special tribute.”
Tickets start at $25.00 and can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster at https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B005B5991AC18C5 or at the Mississippi Coliseum Box Office. All military personnel and active first responders will receive $5.00 off admission. In order to receive the discounted admission, tickets must be purchased in person at the Coliseum Box Office. Proof of identification will be required. In addition, all church groups, schools or established organizations purchasing 20 or more tickets, will receive $5.00 off each ticket. In order to receive the discounted group rate, admission must be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office.
DeSoto County News Service – News Release