North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

November 8, 2013

Veterans Day events scheduled for Gardendale, Fultondale and Pinson

By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News

Note: This story has been updated from the version which appeared in Wednesday's print edition.

Monday is Veterans Day, and at least three cities in north Jefferson County are planning events to honor military veterans.

The Gardendale Historical Society and the Gardendale Beautification Commission are hosting a Veterans Day service Sunday, 2 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Park, which is on Main Street across from J&J Drugs.

Historical Society President Kermit Dooley said the ceremony will include speakers, the playing of Taps, music on bagpipes and more.

“We just want to honor the men and women who served,” said Beautification Commission member Hazel Butts. “We wouldn’t have our freedom without them.”

There will be free parking at The Garden Shopping Center, with a free shuttle to the park.

On Monday at 10 a.m., American Legion Post 255 and VFW Post 6173 will host their annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, which is at the intersection of Decatur Highway and Stouts Road in Fultondale.

New names that have been engraved on the memorial will be read aloud, along with a description of the military member’s service.

The Fultondale High School band will perform and members of Boy Scout Troop 120 will perform an American flag-folding ceremony.

And in Pinson, the city's annual Veterans Day Breakfast will once again be held at the Palmerdale Homesteads Historical Center.

This year, the 313th Army Band from Birmingham's Army Reserve Center will be performing at the breakfast, which begins at 8 a.m.

Meanwhile, a Gardendale veteran was recently honored at an event in Georgia.

Thaddeus Wiggins attended the fourth annual Remembering Our Heroes event at the former Army post at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., on Oct. 12.

Wiggins was a platoon sergeant in Company F of the 6th Cavalry. He was joined at the ceremony by 16 other World War II veterans who were presented with a special commemorative pin by WWII living historian Missy Baldwin.

The 6th Cavalry Museum preserves the rich military history of the “Fighting 6th Cavalry,” stationed at Fort Oglethorpe from 1919 to 1942.  Located on the post’s original parade ground/polo field, the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum houses artifacts, uniforms, weapons, accouterments, vehicles and more.

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