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Cites Nation’s Responsibility to Families of Fallen Service members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today issued a Memorial Day message that encourages all Mississippians to take time over the extended weekend to “honor the brave men and women who laid down their lives in service to our great country.”

In her tribute, Hyde-Smith cites the willingness of Mississippians to answer the call of duty to defend the nation, and reminds all of the nation’s responsibility to families of the fallen.

Read Hyde-Smith’s 2023 Memorial Day message here:

Memorial Day serves as a solemn reminder of the high cost of freedom.  It is a day when we unite as a nation to honor the brave men and women who laid down their lives in service to our great country.


Mississippians have always answered the call to duty with unwavering courage and devotion.  Throughout our state’s history, countless sons and daughters have left their homes and families to defend our nation’s ideals.  It is thanks to their selflessness and valor that we enjoy the blessings of liberty.


Mississippians also began the practice of setting aside a special time for remembering fallen servicemen and women.  As we approach this Memorial Day, I encourage all Mississippians to continue this proud tradition and take a moment of solemn reflection and remembrance.  The sacrifices of these brave Americans must never be forgotten, and their stories must continue to inspire us to uphold the values they fought to protect.


We also owe much to the families of our fallen servicemen and women.  The burden they bear is great, and it is our duty as a nation to ensure that they receive the care, respect, and assistance they deserve.  To honor the memory of our fallen, we must provide unwavering support to those they regrettably left behind.


The bravery and dedication of these lost men and women will forever be etched in our hearts.  Let us ensure that their legacy lives on through acts of service and by cherishing the freedoms they fought to defend. is an online news website covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


  1. Check out her voting record on veteran’s issues. Her voting record should line up with her public statements. If not, she should be voted out of office in her next election.


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