Parrish veterans ceremony set for Friday
by James Phillips
Nov 02, 2011 | 1202 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Robert Bentley visited the Veterans Memorial Flagpole during a recent trip to Parrish. From left are George Harland, Gov. Bentley, Pick Deason, Jerry Fleming, Neil Goodwin and Garland Thompson. - Photo Special to the Eagle
Gov. Robert Bentley visited the Veterans Memorial Flagpole during a recent trip to Parrish. From left are George Harland, Gov. Bentley, Pick Deason, Jerry Fleming, Neil Goodwin and Garland Thompson. - Photo Special to the Eagle
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Area veterans will be honored Friday in Parrish at a ceremony held at the town's Veterans Memorial Flagpole.

The seventh annual Veterans Day Program will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will feature U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Greg Harbin as its guest speaker.

"We'll have Greg there as well as his brother, (U.S. Army 1st Lt.) Eric Harbin," said George Harland, an organizer of the event. "We are proud that both of those boys are from Parrish."

James Stone, a Parrish resident who served in World War II, will be honored at the ceremony for his 60 years in the American Legion, Harland said. A video display will be set up of several photographs Stone took or recovered during his time in Europe during World War II.

The ceremony will also feature the Parrish High School Band, which will play the songs of each of the branches of the U.S. Military. Harland said students from Parrish Elementary School will sing patriotic songs.

Gov. Robert Bentley visited the Veterans Memorial Flagpole during a recent trip to Parrish. Harland said organizers of Friday's event have pooled together to purchase a paver brick at the flagpole in Bentley's honor.

"Gov. Bentley served in the Air Force in the late '60s and early '70s," Harland said. "We wanted to show him how much we appreciated him visiting Parrish by getting a brick made in his honor."

Harland said paver bricks around the flagpole are still available for purchase and are $25 each. The bricks will be sold at Friday's event. For more information, call Harland at 205-544-5869 or Garland Thompson at 205-275-0824.