Politicians to Speak During MC's "I Love America Day"
October 12, 2007
MC will host the event on Oct. 25 starting with lunch at 10:45 a.m. on the Clinton campus. It's going to feature a tribute to America's military veterans, especially those here in Mississippi.
Clinton Ward 4 Alderman Phil Fisher, who served a tour of military duty in Iraq, is scheduled to speak to the crowd at the annual program sponsored by MC's Student Government Association. Fisher, who grew up in Jackson, is a colonel with the Army National Guard.
Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman said Fisher, a retired businessman and Clinton civic leader, is a good choice to speak at the patriotic event.
"Phil certainly has a broad grasp of the current conflict we are engaged in," Aultman said. "He has a first-hand working knowledge of it. He's come up the ranks."
Fisher, 53, who has served more than a decade as alderman, retired from Proctor& Gamble in July. He will lead off the trio of speakers at 12:10 p.m. He is a former Marine. The other speakers are: Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Arthur Eaves and state Auditor Phil Bryant, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.
Eaves is a Jackson lawyer who grew up in Clinton. Eaves will speak at 12:30 p.m. Bryant, who holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi College, is scheduled to speak at 12:45 p.m. Bryant, a native of Moorhead, is a former state lawmaker from Rankin County.
The day will include music from a Jackson area band, the Pates, a softball game at 4 p.m. and the showing of the movie "Pearl Harbor" at 8:30 p.m. The day's events are free and open to the public.
"This is a day we can be unified as Americans, and not be Democrats or Republicans," said MC senior Susan Boyd, 21, of Pontotoc. A future teacher, Boyd chairs the "I Love America Day" committee. It's a project she's been working on with MC student Jenny Baker, who chairs the activities board, and others on the campus of the Christian university. "This is a day MC can celebrate. It's a way to show patriotism and wear red, white and blue," Boyd said.
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PHOTO: Clinton Ward 4 Alderman Phil Fisher
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