County honors nation’s veterans
by W. Brian Hale
Nov 06, 2011 | 1263 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Jasper Saturday morning to honor the nation’s veterans during the annual Veterans Day Parade.  Among the participants in the parade were the Walker High School marching band, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, dancers and fire departments from across Walker County. The parade followed a patriotic program at the courthouse square. Photo by: Ron Harris
Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Jasper Saturday morning to honor the nation’s veterans during the annual Veterans Day Parade. Among the participants in the parade were the Walker High School marching band, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, dancers and fire departments from across Walker County. The parade followed a patriotic program at the courthouse square. Photo by: Ron Harris
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Walker County veterans who served their country in war and times of peace were honored with festivities including a remembrance ceremony and a parade at the Walker County Courthouse Square on Saturday.

The ceremony featured a patriotic dance performance and a flyover by Jasper pilot Joey Sanders, as well as the annual Walker County Veterans Parade.

Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick, a veteran of the Vietnam War and organizer of the annual event, spoke of the importance of Veteran’s Day and honoring the nation’s veterans of the armed forces.

“I think today’s events bring back so much patriotism in everyone for our veterans, both past and present,” Hamrick said. “Being a veteran myself, I love the recognition we give to our vets and it’s special to me and warms my heart when we have ceremonies like this.”

The first Humanitarian Veteran of the Year award was given to Sonny Richardson for his dedication to veterans and to the Walker County Community during the ceremony. Richardson reflected on his efforts in working for the area’s veterans and thanked elected local officials for their attendance to the event.

“I have always given my best to the service of our veterans because I am one of them — I will continue to do so and promote America and the reasons we should all be proud of our country,” Richardson said. “I’m very happy to have seen our elected leaders at our ceremony, as it’s always refreshing to see our political leaders supporting a good cause.”