Honoring Wiregrass Veterans

By: Katrice Nolan Email
By: Katrice Nolan Email

Hundreds of Veterans Day ceremonies happened across the country today.
Many right here in the wiregrass.
Veterans Day is a time to honor those in our military who have served our country and made it home safely.
Today, one local VFW post wants to ensure veterans in our area know they are appreciated.

Dozens came from all across the wiregrass to say only a few words.

"Thank you for your service," says Mike Schmitz, Mayor City of Dothan.

Words that take so little time to say but mean so much to these veterans.

"If you see a veteran, you would be surprised even in Wal-Mart, if you walk up to them and go hey, I want to thank you for the service for our country, I guarantee you a big smile will come on his face," says Ed Pritchard Coordinator of the Wiregrass Veterans Alliance.

Several city, county, and state elected officials came to honor those who haved served and are still serving our country.
Hoping those who are not military remember the struggle of those serving.

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"we should not take that or other freedoms for granted. And should be reminded everyday, and not just today on veterans day," says Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver.

At the ceremony a wreath was laid in honor of Jason Barfield, a young man from the wiregrass who served in the military and was killed in Afghanistan a little over a year ago.
His family says they were honored to be a part of the ceremony.

"Seeing how Jason has touched so many lives, around this area and beyond, I am honored to be his mom," says Kelli Barfield, Mother of Fallen Soldier Jason Barfield.

After the service, many of the veterans got a chance to come inside of the post and eat lunch, many of them say it’s well worth the service knowing they are appreciated.

"I was very appreciative, because being a veteran, you don't just think of veterans on veterans day you think about them the whole year, but this gives us one day where we can express our opinion and celebrate, veterans day, because that's the veterans that came back," says Senior Vice Chairman John Seay of VFW Post 3073.

Veterans who are delighted to serve but want to be thanked for their willingness to protect our freedom.

At the ceremony, many shed tears remembering the ones they served next to in combact who did not make it home safely, they wanted them to know they are always in their thoughts.

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