“We are just so proud to be able to honor these veterans who have served our country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Bill Fowler, who is a Sumiton councilman and a member of the Veterans Board, said. “We look forward to this every year.”
This year, Fowler said that local historian Joe Paul Holley will be presenting the two Community Service Awards to Rev. James R. Hockensmith and Lavell Roberts who are local veterans.
As always, the Walker County Honor Guard will attend to honor the veterans, and the Joy Bells from Sumiton Church of God, led by retired Army Col. Larry Stewart, will be taking part in this year’s ceremony.
There will also be audio and video presentations regarding the war in Afghanistan and honoring the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. One emotional video includes a little girl who has recorded messages over the years to her father who was killed in the attacks.
“They are very touching and I think people will really like them,” Fowler said.
Angela Romano will sing at the event, as will Rick and Jilda Watson. The Boy Scouts from Troop 121 will also take part in the celebration. Last year’s event attracted more than 200 people, and organizers are hoping for a strong turnout again this year.
“The support we’ve received from the community has been amazing,” Fowler said. “I hope everybody in the area will come this year and take a little while to celebrate with us.”
A reception inside the community center will follow the ceremony.