Events to honor county’s veterans planned
by Rachel Davis
May 25, 2012 | 1457 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This weekend, three locations in the county will have ceremonies honoring the many veterans from the community.

County Commission President Bruce Hamrick is organizing the first ceremony. It will begin at the county courthouse at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

On Monday, there will be two ceremonies, one in Sumiton and the other at Walker Memory Gardens in Jasper.

The Sumiton-Area Veteran’s Board will host a ceremony, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Sumiton Community Center. Sonny Richardson, former Veteran’s Administration representative for the Jasper area, will be the featured speaker.

“He’s helped a lot of the guys that were in the service around here,” organizer Bill Fowler said

They will also honor Lecil Goodwin, a local veteran who passed away a few months ago, and his family, along with the traditional 21-gun salute and playing of Taps. There will be light refreshments served.

The Knights of Columbus will host their fifth annual ceremony at Walker Memory Gardens beginning at 10 a.m. David Hester has organized the event, which will feature Stephen Koach as the keynote speaker and will honor Richard Gilmore III. Gilmore was the first Walker County citizen killed in Iraq. Gilmore’s family will be honored guests at the event and will place a wreath at the veteran’s memorial during the ceremony.

“Memorial Day is a holiday we take for granted sometimes,” Hester said. “This has been a real labor of love for me and a way to start off that morning remembering what it is all about.”

Fowler echoed those sentiments as well, “It’s not just a day of barbecuing but a day to remember those who gave their lives. As a nation, we still have a certain amount of freedom because of those people who were willing to sacrifice.”