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Memorial Day service is Monday

Each of the names engraved on the Chilton County Veterans Memorial will receive special attention Monday morning, as residents pause to remember and honor locals who died fighting for their country.

A Memorial Day service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. on the east lawn of the Chilton County Courthouse.

The Chilton County Veterans Memorial Committee has conducted the service annually since 1986.

“I’m just proud that we got together and did this before this generation passed on,” said committee chairman Morris Price of Clanton. “We had to depend on memory for some things, and if we had waited much longer, we might have lost some of the names.”

Price, a veteran himself, has a brother and former classmates on the list of veterans. The monument lists veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, Southeast Asia, Lebanon and Iraq.

“We are proud to have a memorial to honor those from Chilton County who gave their lives,” he said. “They are not forgotten.”

The guest speaker for Monday’s program will be Dwight Swindle. The speaker will precede the ceremonial reading of names, playing of Taps, lowering of the Flag and placing of the wreath.

Price said the pulley on the courthouse Flag was not working properly, but members of the committee were working to repair it in time for the service.

A portion of Second Avenue North will be closed for the observance of the service. Bleachers will be available on site, but people are welcome to bring lawn chairs if they wish, Price said.

Seating in front will be reserved for the elderly and disabled.