Vicksburg celebrates again on July 4, 1945.
the Berlin. New to few ap Vicksburg Celebrates First July Fourth In Past VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - This proud old Gibraltar of the Confederacy Confederacy laid aside wcuonal bitterness bitterness today as the City's 30,000 res,. dents celebrated their first Fourth of July in 82 years. The City's spiritual return to the Union took place to the aecompani- ment of bands playing patnouc _airÂ» and with the Stars and Stnpe* tying from every building. Residents and vis.tors. many of them in uniform, gathered along magnolia and crepe myrtle bordered bordered streets where their forefathers forefathers threw back the besieging troops Ot Qcn U. S. Grant while the towns- folk sought shelter in caves from bombarding federal ships on the Mississippi. Prejudices stirred by that historic historic siege caused Vicksburg residents residents to ignore Independence Day celebrations heretofore. But now there'* another and ger conflict on and Vicksburg'* sons and daughters are marching side by side with their brothers listers in the North. So citizenry decided to lay aside old bitterness and Â«lÂ«brate the Fourth with the rest of the coun- T. We: I 0Â«