The Town of Pike Road held its 7th annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony Sunday the 4th at Veterans Park. A few of those veterans being honored were Bill Allison (Col. U.S. Army 1962-1988), Alton R. Barnes (Col. U.S. Army 1943-1979), James Winfred Brown (Lt. U.S. Navy 1943-1946), Richard Forster (Major U.S. Air Force),and L/CPL Alvin Edwards of the Marine Corps. Major Forster is one of the few veterans who has the distinction of serving during three wars: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
Mayor Gordon Stone presided over the ceremony, and Reverend Nathaniel Darville of Grace Episcopal Church gave the invocation. Members of the Troy University Army ROTC Color Guard presented the colors and performed the Wreath Ceremony. The National Anthem was sung by the Pike Road High School Show Choir. Guest speaker Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Corey, Commander of the 42nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron, then spoke about how important it is to remember the sacrifices of our veterans and how they fought and died to secure the freedoms we enjoy today.
Those in attendance were reminded that the restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice. Let a veteran know how much they mean to you. Go to a veteran's appreciation event. Ask a veteran about their time in the military, and visit a veteran's grave site. Mayor Stone then dedicated new personalized bricks in the Veterans Walk of Honor. Thirty-five new bricks have been added this year to the 200 already laid.
The bricks are a way to commemorate veterans and may be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one who served in the armed forces of the United States. Call the Pike Road Town Hall at 334 272-9883 for more information. A wreath was then placed at the Veterans Memorial by the Troy University ROTC, and MSGT. Billy Puckett (USAF ret.) played "Taps" before Pastor Patrick Quinn of Century Church gave the Benediction. The Capitol Sounds provided special music.
The Town of Pike Road wishes to give special thanks to Home Depot on Chantilly Parkway for their help in keeping their Veterans Memorial beautiful. Thanks also to Girl Scout Troop 9334 at Woodland UMC and Pike Road Middle School, Historic Campus Ambassadors for welcoming veterans and guests. And to the Town of Pike Road community for their continued support of American veterans.