Brunswick stew has been a tradition for many years in the area and this year will be no different as both American Legion posts are making preparations for serving area veterans a free bowl of stew after the Veterans Day Parade and ceremonies on Friday.
Corinth’s 16th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. Friday.
The parade will follow the same route as the Christmas Parade. Beginning at First Baptist Church, it will follow the streets of Fillmore and Cruise before ending at the Alcorn County Courthouse.
American Legion member and parade organizer Bobby McDaniel encourages anyone who would like to participate in the parade to show up at First Baptist Church prior to the start. McDaniel said the one request is that entries only fly patriotic flags.
There will be a very brief ceremony in front of the courthouse after the parade and veterans can enjoy a Brunswick stew luncheon after the parade and ceremony.
The post doors will open at 11 a.m. to serve veterans at the American Legion James A. Long Post 207, located at 1002 South Johns Street, and at the American Legion Perry A. Johns Post 6, located at 511 South Tate Street.
“We will have it ready and waiting for the veterans when the parade is over,” said Post 207 Commander Robert Turner.
For Post 6, the cooking began Wednesday with chopping vegetables and meat to be cooked in four massive cooking pots. Post 6 Commander Tommy Watson said the last few years, they have followed a specific recipe to ensure consistency of flavor from year to year.
In addition, the ladies of Post 6 will also be hosting a bake sale.
While the Post 6 site hosts their stew luncheon as a benefit where the veterans can come and enjoy a bowl of stew in honor of Veteran’s Day, the community can also get a bowl of stew, but the donation jar will be available and donations are appreciated to offset the costs. There will be beverages available for purchase for $1 and desserts available for purchase by the American Legion Auxiliary.
Post 207, will provide a free bowl of stew for the veterans and both posts have take out containers available for sale and Brunswick stew can be purchased by the pint (at Post 207); or by the quart or gallon sizes (at both posts) to support the American Legion posts.
Both post commanders said they could not host a successful event without the vital assistance from the American Legion post members and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Proceeds from the Brunswick stew luncheon will benefit the American Legion.
(To place a stew order or make an inquiry for Post 207, contact Post Commander Robert Turner at 662-603-5861; Bernita Barnett "MiMi" 662-286-3281/662-665-1422 or any members of the post. For Post 6, call 662-664-6442.)