By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, November 11 U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R from Montgomery) spoke at the annual Prattville Veterans Day event at the Autauga County Courthouse.
Congresswoman Roby said, “I can not think of any greater privilege than to be here today.” “As we celebrate the men and women who have worn the uniform of our country for us to be here today.” Rep. Roby was accompanied by her young children, Margaret and George.
Rep. Roby said that she and a delegation from the Congress went on a trip to Iraq. “That night, my husband, Riley, called. My daughter, Margaret, had fallen and broken her arm in three places and had to go to UAB for surgery. I was distraught that I could not be there for her in her moment of pain.” “That is almost every day for the men and women who serve our country.”
Rep. Roby said, “I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.” “As your representative in Washington it is my job to fight for you. We must do right on your behalf.”
Roby vowed, “To continue that fight on your behalf. God bless this great nation.”
The Mayor of Prattville, Bill Gillespie Jr. said, “Without our patriots our Constitution would not be worth the paper it is written on.” “America is great because of your sacrifice and this community thanks you. You all truly represent the best of America. Thank you for our freedoms.”
The Prattville Veterans Day event was held in coordination with the local chapters of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
American Legion Post 122 Commander Jim Pilgrim said that more than 48 million Americans have served in our nation’s wars starting with the Revolution. “America rose to greatness on their shoulders.” “To all of our veterans we say thank you for your sacrifices and for your service.”
VFW Post 1349 Commander Joe Sulzby thanked the City of Prattville and the people of Autauga County, “For everything that you have done for your veterans.”
14 members of the Autauga County Sheriff’s Department and corrections officers including Sheriff Joe Sedinger were honored for their military service.
The American Legion Riders were present with their motorcycles.
The Autauga Junior ROTC held a formal flag folding ceremony.
A table was set by the American Legion for America’s POWs and MIAs (Prisoners of War and Missing In Action).
Rep. Roby, Mayor Gillespie, Commander Pilgrim, and Commander Sulzby placed a wreath at the memorial for Autauga County’s Veterans. The ceremony ended with the playing of “Taps.”
Congresswoman Martha Roby represents Alabama’s Second Congressional District. Roby is seeking a fourth term in the United States Congress.