By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The HEARTS Veterans Museum will sponsor its 13th Annual Memorial Day Service honoring those who lost their lives defending this country and the freedoms we often take for granted. All Veterans will be honored at the event. The service is open to the public and will be at 7:00 pm. The event is hosted by museum board member retired Lt. Col. Champe Miller.
The Huntsville Community Men’s Choir and the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir will be performing at the event. Huntsville musician Jan Cole will provide prelude music, and soloist Ray Whitley will also perform.
Charlotte Oleinik who co-founded the Hearts museum said, “Last year we had about 400 people attend, and we hope this year is also a success. The museum will also be open after the program so we invite anyone to come and take a look around after the ceremony is over.”
The Vietnamese Texas Women’s Group will be traveling to Huntsville from Houston and will be passing out commemorative Vietnam War scarves to any veteran who did not get one at the dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial Walkway, which took place at the museum May 11. Jerry Patterson, the commissioner of the General Land Office, is hosting a reception at 6:00 pm. Patterson will be keynote speaker at the 7 p.m. service U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R) from Texas will be in attendance.
Klein Oak Jr. ROTC Color Guard from Tomball also will be in attendance. The Hearts Museum strives to honor fallen and living veterans by living up to its acronym, “Helping Every American Remember through Serving,” Oleinik said. The memorial Day Service will be at the Veterans Conference Center which is next to the prison museum.
For more information, call the Hearts Veterans Museum at (936) 295-5959.