The seventh annual Veterans Picnic at the Columbia Water Park is coming up Nov. 16.
At the same time the Veterans Picnic Committee, Veterans Service Office of Columbia, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will be presenting the Vietnam War museum, “Through the Eyes,” from Nov. 14 through Nov. 16 at the Water Park. The museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is free to the public.
The Veterans Picnic will start at 9 a.m. Nov. 16 and will again include the car, truck and bike show that will now also feature a military vehicle category.
Military displays from the Mississippi National Guard will include armored vehicles and a surveillance drone with a 21-foot wingspan, a B.B. bun target range, a jumper for the children and more.
There will be a parade of vehicles starting at 10:15 a.m. from Encompass Home Health (across from Mack Grubbs Motors) on U.S. 98, traveling down Broad Street to Main Street and on to the Water Park.
Food and drinks will be available at the picnic, and all proceeds this year will once again be donated to the Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi. The Minutemen help all branches of service whose members were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every dollar of the funds raised will go to the veterans who will need help for years to come.
Registration for the car, truck and bike show starts at 9 a.m. There will be a special raffle for those who register their vehicle in the car show.
The opening ceremony will start at noon, with the Marines from Biloxi raising a new flag to fly over the Water Park. When the ceremony ends, the picnic will resume, and the fun will begin. The picnic ends at 3 p.m.
Call the Veterans Service Office at (601) 736-2239 with any questions.