Events mark end of WWII, aviation history

Two events sponsored by the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum are set to take place this to pay tribute to World War II veterans of Oktibbeha County and to celebrate the county’s rich history in aviation research and innovations.

“Public Forum and Panel Discussion: History of Aviation in Oktibbeha County” will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Activity Room Annex Building of the Starkville Sportsplex.
The program will feature such speakers as Dave Raspet, Chester McKee, Terry Camp, Ernest Russell, George Bennett, Mel Swartsberg, Estel Wilson, Stuart Vance, Tom Hardy, Greg Stewart of Aurora Flight Sciences and will be moderated by Dr. Roy Ruby.
A World War II Veterans Recognition Ceremony will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Foster Ballroom of the Colvard Student Union on Mississippi State’s campus, and will include a keynote address from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
MSU President Mark Keenum will provide the welcome, and former Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck will serve as moderator.
Veterans of World War II residing in Oktibbeha County are urged to contact the Greater Starkville Development Partnership if they have not received an invitation to the event at 662-323-3322.
The public is welcome and invited to attend both events free of charge.
For details or additional information, contact Jennifer Gregory, GSDP Vice President for Tourism Development at 323-3322 or at
Special thanks also go to the following contributing sponsors: Greater Starkville Development Partnership, MSU Center for America’s Veterans and Gulf States Manufacturers.