HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The African American Military History Museum had its Black History Month kickoff Thursday and honored global war on terrorism veterans.
General manager, Latoya Norman said, "It was very overwhelming. It's always very rewarding for me to be able to say thank you and especially to have our community learn about the service and sacrifice from those from our area."
"None of us put the uniform on for any type of special recognition. That's not what it's about. We do it to serve our nation. To serve the fellow citizens. However, we're human. So, everyone likes to feel appreciated," said veteran, Sheila Varnado.
About 40 veterans were recognized for their service.
One current military man had a pleasure seeing all those who came before him be honored.
U.S. Army battalion, Andrew Stokes said, "A lot of times people, they go unrecognized. I think this is a good thing for the community. A good thing for these guys and these girls to come in here and get recognized by their peers. And, it just makes you feel good."
Norman said the museum is accepting donations for tornado victims.
If you would like to donate, you can drop off your donation at the museum.