There is a lot to celebrate on Memorial Day in Vicksburg, Mississippi - or at least a lot to remember. Vicksburg is host to a National Military Park, which has the second largest military cemetery in the United States. It was also the site of key events in the Civil War and that will always be a huge part of the city's history.
Federal troops laid siege to the city in 1863, and eventually prevailed in what some say was the turning point of the war itself. Many of the buried soldiers at the national military park are from that battle. There is a little controversy, but Civil War casualties re also remembered on Memorial Day here. There were a lot of freed slaves fighting for the Union forces in that battle as well. There is always a ceremony at the park on Memorial Day.
The city also has a large parade with the VFW, American Legion and other veterans groups participating. Many veterans march along Washington Street to make up the parade as they honor those soldiers who died in all wars. There is also a special service at the Vicksburg auditorium, with at least one military band performing. That is followed by a motorcade to the National Military Cemetery where more honoring of fallen veterans will be held. There will also be speeches and interpretive programs along with these events put on by veterans groups to remember the fallen in all wars.
Also on or at least near Memorial Day, there are some re-enactments of the battle of Vicksburg. You may also take a self guided tour that displays how the battle developed and was ultimately decided.