JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Federal Courthouse in downtown Jackson has remained nameless since it opened its doors in 2011. But now, it is officially called the Thad Cochran United States Federal Courthouse, named for the former U.S. Senator.
When Senator Thad Cochran and his wife first pulled the drape to reveal his name, it didn't quite work. Kay Cochran seemed to get a kick out if it.
But as they say, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, and they did. Two building employees brought ladders and managed to pull the remainder of the veil off.
Thursday, friends and colleagues came to honor the former Senator for his service to the state of Mississippi. Former U.S.Senator Trent Lott and current U.S Senator Cindy Hide-Smith were among them.
Hyde-Smith recalled a moment the two shared before she took his seat.
"We played the piano together. He was on one end of the bench. I was on the other and then I played God Bless America and he sang," she said. "So, you know, I thought that was a pretty neat way to have that connection in his office that had just become my office. It was a good goodbye."
One by one, people expressed why Cochran was so deserving of this honor.
"Senator Cochran, as I know many of you are aware, served the citizens of Mississippi for over 40 years in the US capital naming this courthouse after him is the proper way to honor his service for the people of this state and our nation," said one guest speaker.
Others shared personal stories.
"But I just want to let him know that the time I spent with him riding down those roads in south Mississippi going to Fayette and Natchez were some of the happiest days of my life," said one man, remembering the 'old' days with the former Senator.
"Today, in this naming ceremony, why don't we re-dedicate ourselves to that principal that all men are created equal and how appropriate it is to do so on an afternoon when we name this building after a gentleman who has himself stood for that principal his entire career," said Senator Roger Wicker.