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Veterans Day program set in Goodwater

Published 11:20pm Friday, November 1, 2013

The Goodwater Veterans Organization is set to honor locals who have served our country.
The GVO will hold its third  annual Veterans Day program at the Alabama National Guard Armory.
According to GVO member Robert Graham, the event has always been a priority for the organization.
“The first thing we wanted to do after we formed the Goodwater Veterans Organization was establish a Veterans Day program, as there wasn’t such a program in any shape, form or fashion,” Graham said. “So we paid our dues, got our funds up and made it happen.”
The event will be highlighted by a luncheon and speeches from local veterans – including those in active duty – who share about their experiences in service.
“So far, the event has been really successful,” Graham said. “We’re looking forward to recognizing our veterans again this year. We usually have about 150 people in attendance. We also serve a nice little lunch, too.”
While the majority of the event is centered on the sharing of memories in active duty, Graham said the primary purpose of the event is to commend those who have sacrificed to protect the nation.
“We usually talk about how meaningful our service has been to us,” said Graham, who is also a veteran. “For the younger veterans, this is an opportunity for them to receive recognition and to let them know that they are appreciated. I fought in the Vietnam War, and when we all came back, there wasn’t much recognition for us.”
According to Graham, there aren’t many people that are currently involved in battle.
“Less than one percent of the population is involved in active military conflicts,” he said. “Many times, I think we overlook our veterans, and we have a tendency to overlook the sacrifices they have made.”
Graham said the GVO also wants to continue to expand its mission, as it plans to offer financial assistance to graduates of Central High School – Coosa County as they go off to college.
The event is scheduled to begin a 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. It will last until noon. For more information, contact Graham at 256-839-5561 or Willie J. Gaddis at 256-839-5615.

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