Veterans honored for service at ceremonyBy Emily Etheredge Published 3:15pm Monday, November 11, 2013
Chilton County veterans were honored for their service at a special ceremony Monday morning at the Chilton County Courthouse.
“Today is a day we honor those who have served our country,” said Jerry Grooms, the master of ceremonies and post commander at American Legion Post 6 in Clanton.
Jim Dunlap and Monroe Powell presented the colors and the Jemison Girl Scout Troop No. 7012 led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kaitlyn Garrison from Chilton Christian Academy led the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem and Jill Thornton sang “God Bless America.”
Lally Bates of Post 6 introduced the guest speaker, David Hubbard, an Iraqi Veteran who served in the United States Army and Chilton County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Hubbard, 39, served two tours in Iraq and received a standing ovation as Grooms introduced him.
“I am honored,” Hubbard said. “I love my country and I love you.”
Hubbard said he would continually pray while overseas that God would protect his family, his country and for God’s will to be done.
“God can take care of everything this nation needs,” Hubbard said.
Hubbard challenged those in attendance to make Veterans Day more than just one day out of the year to set aside for honoring those who have served.
“We need to educate the younger generation about those who have fought for our freedom,” Hubbard said. “The veterans are the knowledge of this country.”
Post 6 was joined by American Legion posts 343, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 33 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3193 in sponsoring the event.
Larry Robinson with Post 343 led the closing benediction.
Post 343 held a fellowship time with refreshments at American Post 6 on Enterprise Road following the ceremony.