American Legion to host Memorial Day event

Published 11:07 am Monday, May 21, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

American Legion Post 6 will host a Memorial Day observance at the Chilton County Courthouse at 10 a.m. on May 28.

The ceremony will begin with a welcome by American Legion Post 6 Commander Jerry Grooms and an invocation by Robert Griffin, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by local Girl Scouts.

Grooms said the ceremony means a lot to him as a veteran and as a resident of Chilton County, calling it an “honor and a privilege” to recognize those who gave their life in service to the United States. Names will be read of those from Chilton County who gave the ultimate sacrifice to this country in World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon and Iraq.

Many of the family members of those who will be remembered will be in attendance.

This year’s guest speaker will be U.S. Air Force veteran Pete DeLeon. He served in the Air Force from 1975 to 1979. After being honorably discharged, DeLeon went on to serve in law enforcement. He is now a part-time deputy with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Morris Price will introduce the wreath laying ceremony, while his son Mike Price will lay a wreath on the memorial.

The ceremony will end with the playing of Taps.

The American Legion has led the annual Memorial Day observance since 1950.

The Clanton City Council meeting originally scheduled for May 28 has been moved to May 24 at 5 p.m. The Chilton County Commission will not meet.