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The Coast celebrates the military, Halloween this week

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/FILEThe Honor Guard presents the colors during a previous Salute to the Military. This year's event begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Coast Coliesum & Convention Center, Biloxi.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/FILEThe Honor Guard presents the colors during a previous Salute to the Military. This year's event begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Coast Coliesum & Convention Center, Biloxi.

The 37th annual Salute to the Military highlights this week, but South Mississippi is also gearing up for plenty of Halloween events, including Biloxi's Halloween around the Town Green, cemetery tours and haunted houses.

Salute to the Military begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, U.S. 90, Biloxi. A ceremonial program, dinner and entertainment will follow the reception, and Maj. Gen. Mark Brown, commander of 2nd Air Force, will be the featured speaker.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting this annual tradition of bringing the nation's top military leaders to South Mississippi to join in tribute of our military members.

The Salute includes entertainment by the 41st Army Band and the presentation of the annual Thomas V. Fredian Community Service Award, presented by the Chamber to one outstanding enlisted honoree. Guests are also treated to a unique collection of military exhibits in the convention center and on the grounds of the Coliseum. A special addition to this year's Salute will be a sneak peak at a new film on the Vietnam war, as the Salute marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict.

The event is black tie or dress uniform preferred, but business dress is accepted. Tickets for the Salute, which will include dinner, the Salute ceremonies and after-dinner program, are $60 for civilians and retired military and $50 for uniformed military. Details/tickets: 604-0014.

Halloween events of the week:

The Long Beach City Cemetery Tour begins from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Don't miss the annual event featuring actors, costumes, re-enactments, snacks and more. Donations accepted. Details: 437-4983 or 214-3468.

Break out the costumes and grease paint and head over to the sixth annual Night of Horror Haunted House at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Pascagoula Recreation Center, 2935 Pascagoula St. For only $5, all ages are welcome to enjoy a frighteningly fun tour.

Biloxi's Halloween on the Town Green kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday with trick-or-treating and costume contests. After dark, the annual movie screening will feature "Race to Witch Mountain," a family favorite. Activities, games and Halloween treats will offer fun for the whole family. Bring blankets lawn chairs and come out for a spooky good time.

Still haven't had enough costumes and candy? Head over to the Fall Costume Party from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hiller Park, Biloxi. Games, face painting, prizes, characters and more will offer plenty of fall fun to keep the family entertained. Cost: $9. Tickets must be purchased online. Details: 447-8364 or storybookbirthdays.com.

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