Veterans Memorial Committee to host 25th annual Memorial Day service

Published 8:44 pm Monday, May 23, 2011

The Chilton County Veterans Memorial Committee will host its annual Memorial Day service Monday, May 30, 2011, at 10 a.m.

This will mark the 25th consecutive year the committee has held the event. Coordinator Morris Price says he still remembers how the event got started.

“Some people had discussed [having a monument] before, but it always kind of fell through,” he said. “I just suggested it, and got interested in it. [I also] had some World War II veterans get really interested.”

Price also helped form the committee itself, made up of members of Chilton County Chapter 33 of the Disabled Veterans of America, Chilton County VFW Post 8603, American Legion Post 343 and American Legion Post 6.

Price, who lost a brother in World War II and was held as a prisoner of war for two years himself in Korea, said he “wanted to get a monument for veterans before it was too late.”

The monument, which stands in front of the Chilton County Courthouse, lists the names of all those from Chilton County who have given their lives while serving their country since World War I.

The late Arthur Foshee designed the monument, which bears well over 100 names. Two have been added since 1986, most recently that of George Alexander of Clanton, who served in Iraq.

Maplesville Police Chief Todd Ingram will be the guest speaker for the service. For more information, contact Price at 755-6665.