City plans Veterans Day ProgramPublished 6:46pm Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Alexander City will host a Veterans Day program Sunday at the Charles E. Bailey Sr. Sportplex.
The program will begin at 2 p.m. and last about one hour.
Fran Harvey, administrative assistant for Mayor Charles Shaw, said that the event is has historically been held every year to honor all local veterans.
Harvey said the event will feature a guest speaker and a special memorial ceremony.
“We lay a wreath in front of each one of the memorials for all the wars,” Harvey said.
Memorials at the Sportplex span from the Civil War to Afghanistan Freedom.
“Typically a veteran and their spouse will lay the wreath,” Harvey said. “We also have three Goldstar mothers, which are mothers from this area that have lost a child in conflict, that will participate in the wreath ceremony.”
The Benjamin Russell High School N.J.R.O.T.C. unit, under the direction of Petty Officer Ron Rowe, will lead the group in the pledge of allegiance and post and retire the colors.
The Alexander City Police Honor Guard will perform a 21-gun salute during the event and Benny McLeod, bugler with the Alexander City Veteran’s Honor Guard, will play Taps.
Immediately following the program, there will be a community-wide reception at the Senior Activity Center, located right across the street from the Veterans Day program.
Shaw encouraged all citizens to attend the event.
“I think all of us need to realize we are free because of our veterans,” Shaw said. “We live in the greatest country in the world, and we have our freedoms because our veterans have fought so bravely over the years.”