Memorial Day celebrations kick off today
by James Phillips
May 28, 2011 | 2131 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The ultimate sacrifice given by United States military personnel will be remembered at ceremonies across Walker County over the coming days.

With Memorial Day being celebrated Monday, the Walker County Memorial Day Veterans Service is scheduled for 10 a.m. today. The service will take place at the flag pole outside the Walker County Courthouse.

Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick, an organizer of the event, said the service will be approximately 30 minutes in length.

“It will be a short service, but it’s something that I think we need to do,” he said. “These men and women gave their lives for us, and that is something that needs to be remembered.”

The Knights of Columbus from St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Jasper will hold their fourth annual Memorial Day ceremony at Walker Memory Gardens Monday at 10 a.m. in the veteran section of the cemetery.

David Hester, an organizer of the event, said the ceremony will include a special honoring of Lucian Boyer, a World War II veteran from Walker County who died earlier this year.

“Mr. Boyer served in five major battles under Gen. George Patton,” Hester said. “He and his two brothers served at the same time. It is a ‘Saving Private Ryan’ kind of story. He served his country well, and we are happy to honor him and his family.”

Hester said the keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Steve Griffin, a veteran who currently works in Tuscaloosa serving other veterans.

“He is a great guy that spends a lot of time helping get supplies for veterans who are in need,” Hester said. “I’m sure his speech will be very inspiring.”

The Sumiton Area Veterans Board will also host a Memorial Day ceremony Monday at the Sumiton Community Center. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and a reception will follow inside the facility.

Bill Fowler, a member of the Sumiton City Council, said the Walker County Honor Guard will lay a wreath at the Sumiton Veterans Monument and perform a 21-gun salute.

“This is our first year to do this,” Fowler said. “We want to invite everyone from the community out to celebrate and honor the men and women who died so we can be free.”