By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
America is honoring its veterans as Veterans Day approaches. The U.S. military continues its centuries old tradition of defending this country and its interest around the world. On November 11th we honor those soldiers who have fought for us and those who continue that service this very day.
Congressman Robert Aderholt (R from Haleyville) wrote: “Memorial Day is set aside each year to remember those who have given their lives to protect their country. In the same fashion, Veterans Day is observed each November 11th to pay honor to the men and women who have served our country in war or peacetime. We should never forget the sacrifice these Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have made and continue to make each day. Nor should we forget that young people across our country continue to answer the call to serve. Thank you, veterans, for your service.”
State Senator and Marine veteran Bill Holtzclaw said on November 7, “Awesome crowd at this morning’s coffee call at the Athens Veterans Museum! Thank you for your service and have a happy Veterans Day!”
On Thursday, November 5 the Republican Women of Trussville awarded retired U.S. Army veteran and Vietnam War helicopter pilot Terry Richmond with a quilt of valor.
Cindy Monaghan-Holcomb wrote: “In honor of Veteran’s Day each year, the Republican Women of Trussville have made and presented a quilt of valor to a deserving veteran. This year we chose to honor my very dear friend, Terry Richmond. I cannot think of a more deserving veteran! Terry was an Army helicopter pilot serving two tours in Vietnam.”
Ms. Monaghan-Holcomb wrote, “Although Terry is retired from the Army, he continues to serve his country working tirelessly with our local tea party and Republican groups to insure we nominate and elect conservative candidates. He also volunteers his time to more causes than I can mention. Thank you for your lifetime of service, Terry! I am so honored to have the privilege of calling you my friend! Happy Veteran’s Day!”
Terry Richmond was recently the Convention of States coordinator for the state of Alabama and is active in a number of conservative and tea party groups.
Birmingham has the largest and oldest Veterans Day Parade.
The Rainy Day Patriots are one of the many groups participating in this year’s event. Dawn Ray wrote, “COME ONE ~ CALL ALL! This will be the RDP’s 8th year to Honor our Veterans, please join us! We need YOU, your trailer, your participation, your Service to Honor!” For more information email: [email protected]
The Veterans Day events are organized and hosted by the National Veterans Day in Birmingham a non-profit organization that was formed in 1945. Birmingham’s National Veterans Day event is the oldest and largest Veterans Day celebration in the country. The President of the Group is Jim Holt.
National Veterans Day in Birmingham honors and salutes those men and women who have served their country as members of the armed services as well as those currently wearing the uniform of the active, reserve, and National Guard forces.
The parade and event was started in the 1940s by Raymond Weeks.
To learn more about National Veterans Day in Birmingham: http://www.nationalveteransday.org