State Veterans Facilities Plans Memorial Day Tributes

The William F. Green, the Bill Nichols, and the Col. Robert L Howard State Veterans Homes and the Alabama State Veterans Cemetery are extending a public invitation to Memorial Day programs on Monday, May 29. These events will be a time to celebrate the men and women who have served our nation faithfully, and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while standing on the front lines of freedom.

The W. F. Green ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the front portico of William F. Green State Veterans Home at 300 Faulkner Drive in Bay Minette. Col Don Carmichael, a US Army veteran, will deliver the keynote address. Throughout his 30-plus military career, he rose from private to colonel, serving in five World War II and three Korean and Vietnam campaigns. In World War II, he fought with the 113th Cavalry from Normandy to the Elbe River. During the Korean War, he started out in Tank Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division. Then during the Vietnam War, he was deputy commander of a task force in Vietnam. The program also includes a rose ceremony for families of W. F. Green veterans who passed away in 2016. The Armed Forces Honor Guard and Boy Scout Troop 78 will perform military honors with a rifle salute and folding of the American Flag. State Rep. Randy Davis will render Taps to conclude the program.

The Bill Nichols ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at 1784 Elkahatchee Road in Alexander City. MSgt Timothy Fuller, the Security Forces manager at Maxwell AFB, will deliver the keynote address to commemorate the Day of Remembrance. The 2001 graduate of Benjamin Russell High School has completed 16 years of active service including four deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The program will also include a rose ceremony for families of Bill Nichols veterans who passed away in 2016.

The Colonel Howard events begin at 10:30 a.m. at 7054 Veterans Parkway. US Marine Corps Sergeant Major Tom Hodge will be the guest speaker. The Sergeant Major served two tours of duty in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star for action in combat. He retired from the Marines after serving 30 years and recently retired from the Jefferson County public school system where he taught high school juniors American History.

The Alabama State Veterans Cemetery in Spanish Fort will host a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Daphne High School Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps will present the colors, Cub Scout Pack 177 will lead the pledge, and Ms. Charmein Kinnison Moser will sing the National Anthem. Sgt. Bill Bergman, Military Order of the Purple Heart command, will lay the wreath—a tradition honoring all U.S. service members who lost their lives in defense of the United States. The ceremony also features a flag folding ceremony, a dove release, and an Honor Guard salute.

Everyone is invited to attend these special remembrances.