Mississippi State Guard
Component of the Mississippi Military Department

Trail of Honor May 2015

The Trail of Honor originally began in 2003 as a way to honor American Veterans and to welcome the “Run for the Wall” riders. Prominent foundations and support organizations contribute to the event such as the Sky Soldiers demo team, The Black Daggers U.S. Army Special Ops Command Parachute Team, Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, and Special Boat Team 22 to name a few. In 2013, the attendance to the event soared to 30,000 visitors as a result of the great experience of the trail goers. The Trail received rave reviews for being one of the top Festivals of the Year for 5 years in a row by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

The Trail of Honor is a historically accurate live demonstration of military life starting from the French Indian War to the present day Operations in the Middle East. The trail, as so named, is a walk through experience where many of the participants are real life American Heroes directly associated with each military event and the whole event is presided over by historians. Many of the Heroes are Ex-POWS, Medal of Honor Recipients, Tuskegee Airmen, and Pearl Harbor Survivors and many more service men and women interact with groups that walk through the demonstration.

Veterans, demo participants, and corporate sponsors are supporters and proponents of such events to remember and encourage those who have served for our great nation. For the State of Mississippi, Senator Thad Cochran spoke at inception of the Trail of Honor and is a staunch supporter of the military and public events that promote our military, currently serving or retired. Ether as a volunteer or a participant on the trail, a visitor can sense the honor and commitment to the era that is observed and how overwhelming the experience can be.

The following are links that one may view to gather some of the experiences of the Trail of Honor.

Gunboat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7hx4blmNPQ

Sky Soldiers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRJ7OnyvMfs

Run for the Wall Riders (650+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTghUujZ8OU

Tribute Overview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD5XqaH7xM0

Black Daggers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBamRmu9JME

Memorial Wall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1U4fWVU1bI