Something that surprised me about Tupelo, Mississippi was the fact that there are so many military veteran’s living there. Some of them I could just look at and tell were in the military before. I don’t know why. That sort of thing sometimes sticks with a person. Maybe it was the level of physical fitness and the haircut, or the way they carried themselves. Others were wearing hats identifying themselves as veterans of previous conflicts. My suspicions were confirmed by the friends we were visiting.
But, what I couldn’t figure out was why those people all chose to live in Tupelo. What does it offer? Is it because they all came from Tupelo originally? Are there that many military veterans in the country now, that small towns are becoming saturated with them? I just can’t see myself getting out of the military and choosing, of all places, to go to Tupelo, Mississippi, especially if I had retired and still had privileges to shop on a military installation. But, that’s just my opinion. Maybe there are people who want both to get away from the military entirely and enjoy a small-town feel. Tupelo definitely offers the latter, but with the number of veterans, it doesn’t really offer an escape from everything military.
Whatever the reason, a large park in the town has been designated as a veterans memorial park. It was put together quite well, too. The photos I took don’t really do it justice, because I only had my phone with me and we went late in the evening on a weekday. I can see this place being a pretty popular spot for barbecues.
I didn’t take photos of them, but there are a lot of ducks living around the pond. They defecate everywhere, and on everything. Most of the monuments, including the World War II memorial monument pictured above, were covered with feces. Walking in the grass was hazardous as well. It would be nice if there were less duck crap everywhere, but what’s the alternative? Kill them all? That wouldn’t be fun either, and they add to the scenery.
2 thoughts on “The Veteran’s Memorial Park in Tupelo, Mississippi”
We left Tupelo because it was not veteran friendly at all.
That’s ironic, considering the fact they built a park for veterans. I hope you’re living in a better location, now. Really, another thing that’s odd about that is I always assumed Southern areas would be more receptive and welcoming to veterans. I usually get respect here in New York City when people find out I’m a veteran. Not that I run around advertising it.
But, maybe it’s because of the same problem that one finds around all active military posts. People stop seeing military personnel as people who might have to die for their country and start seeing them as cash opportunities. I’m sure you know what I mean.
Regardless, thanks for commenting and I hope things work out better for you where you are now.