Following the opening prayer by Father David Buchanan, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, followed by the playing of the national anthem. Members of Boy Scout Troop 10 of Jasper participated in leading the pledge.
Steve Griffin, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Navy veteran who currently works with other veterans in Tuscaloosa, spoke on the sacrifice the men and women of the nation's armed forces undertakes daily to ensure the freedom of the American people.
"My father, who was a World War II vet, along with many other ordinary men and women are among thousands of treasured heroes who we honor here and around the nation today," Griffin said. "We celebrate their victories as they served to preserve our way of life. While we remember those veterans whose sacrifices included their very lives, we must never forget the veterans still among us. I can say that I have never found more dedicated men and women, or found a better example of individuals that can be produced than by our nation's military."
World War II veteran and Walker County native Lucian Boyer was honored at the conclusion of the ceremony. Boyer served under General George Patton during the war and participated in five major battles. Boyer's family, escorted by the Knights of Columbus, laid a wreath on the veterans memorial to commemorate the observance of the day.