Monday, November 15, 2021

Freedom Day Comes to Fairgrounds

 Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture & Commerce Andy Gipson issued the following statement.

The Mississippi State Fairgrounds will host the inaugural Standing for American Freedom event inside the Mississippi Coliseum on Sunday, December 5, at 5:30 p.m. in recognition of the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which will be observed nationwide on December 7. The concert event, featuring music artists Travis Tritt and Lee Greenwood, will be held in partnership with the Friends of Mississippi Veterans. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit the construction and improvements of Mississippi Veterans Homes.

In addition to the program, an exposition will also be held inside the Mississippi Coliseum beginning at 2:00 p.m. and running until the end of the concert performances. The expo will include several vendor booths offering information on various military and veterans programs, services and resources, as well as recruitment opportunities for military branches, law enforcement departments and other first responder organizations. Admission for the expo is not required, however, admission upon re-entrance to the concert performances will be required.

“I invite everyone to come out and pay respect to our Mississippi veterans at the first-ever Standing for American Freedom event,” said Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson. “Former Governor Phil Bryant and Mississippi Veterans Affairs Executive Director Stacey Pickering will join us that day as we honor all of our veterans and active military personnel who dedicate their lives to protecting our freedoms. In addition to the concert performances, statewide representatives of the military, first responders and medical professionals will be recognized through a special tribute.”

Tickets start at $25.00 and can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster at or at the Mississippi Coliseum Box Office. All military personnel and active first responders will receive $5.00 off admission. In order to receive the discounted admission, tickets must be purchased in person at the Coliseum Box Office. Proof of identification will be required. In addition, all church groups, schools or established organizations purchasing 20 or more tickets, will receive $5.00 off each ticket. In order to receive the discounted group rate, admission must be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office.

For more information on Standing for American Freedom, visit To contact the Mississippi State Fairgrounds Coliseum Box Office, call 601-359-1133 or email



Anonymous said...

Yeah right, more like freedumb

Anonymous said...

It’s a damn shame how poorly this nation treats war veterans.
Usually things have to get pretty bad before people start raising money.
It should never get that bad for Vets.

Anonymous said...

I'm liking Commissioner Andy Gipson more & more each day !

I also keep hearing rumors that he's pushing for MDOT to construct secure off ramps from I-55 directly into the Mississippi Fairgrounds. (Thus permitting visitors to avoid City of Jackson streets and for their own safety),

If true, that's a brilliant idea.

Anonymous said...

What office is the commissioner running for? It definitely is not for Ag again.

Anonymous said...

Notwithstanding the typical negative nabobs, this should be a great event. Glad they are making a tour stop in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

No telling how much of the taxpayers money Andy spent advertising this event on supertalk during the Ole Miss broadcast. I think his name was mentioned more times than the word veteran.

Anonymous said...

5:15 - yes, that is a brillant idea. It was first proposed in 1989 as part of a comprehensive study of the Fairgrounds and how to improve it (before Jim Buck spent $10 million putting a new room on the round monster).

The idea wasn't so that you could avoid entering Jackson, because you would still be doing so - but it was to allieve the traffic problems that occur when cars are backed up on the interstate because folks like you evidently don't know how to drive in congestion.

But yes - a brillant idea. And I'm glad Andy has brought it down off the shelf if in fact he has done so. But its more than talking with MDOT to get it done although that is one step out of many to get them.

Don't worry - it probably won't be done during the next decade but until it is actually underway, assuming it will be someday, you are welcome to keep your butt out of the city since you seem to think it is not safe.

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is Gipson wants to be governor. Visions of Handmaid's Tale abound. God save us all from this backwards Gomer.

Anonymous said...

Worth every penny spent to promote, host and attend such a decent event.

The Stasi will be there gleaning data and collecting biometrics for their "terrorist" catalog, but I think I'll brave it.

Would be really cool if Trump was going to be there.

Anonymous said...

6:56 "God save us all from this backwards Gomer." Yeah, go ahead... start laughing.

"IF" he could transform us back to the 60's, I/we'd give mega$$$$$$ to him... look at where the HELL we have morphed to today!!

Anonymous said...

658 - he's a politician. All want to be at the top. But, he can't take that job and also practice law, like he is doing now. So while he might want to be Gov, he ain't likely to be in the race anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

No chance in hell that Gomer could be elected to any office other than the one Phil Bryant slid him into to get him out of the way. He actually wants to be a Texas Ranger, but, doesn't every little boy at one time or another?

Anonymous said...

Show of hands if you're dumb enough to think Gibson or MS DOT has any say so or authority to build interstate off-ramps.

Anonymous said...

why isn’t gov reeves going to be there?

former governor bryant always celebrated veterans.

Anonymous said...

What about the Grain warehouses that White Hat is supposed to be supervising? Look at the code sections and see that Gipson has screwed up for sure. You are talking about $75,000,000
and about 300 hundred farmers that have been screwed. They are classified as UNSECURE CREDITORS. Some will lose their farms! Good job Andy!

Anonymous said...

Echoing a previous know we are not doing it right when the only way a VET can get a wheelchair is thru private donations. And THIS issue crosses isle.

Anonymous said...

@9:27 - our healthcare or veterans as well as the rest of our citizens is disgraceful. Unfortunately, anyone who wants to fix it is labeled a communist.

Anonymous said...

Hey 5:15! That's a stupid idea. How about MDOT take over maintenance of High Street, Pearl, Pascagoula, and Jefferson. Then the State can spend all the money they want to!!!

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