For Immediate Release: November 11, 2010
Honor Our Veterans on November 11, 2010
As November 11th approaches we, as citizens of the United States, need to recognize the great debt of gratitude we owe to the veterans who have risked their lives throughout history to safeguard our freedom. As most school children know, fighting ceased in World War I when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. November 11th then became known as Armistice Day, after a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson. In 1826, Congress officially recognized Armistice Day and stated that the day should be commemorated “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veteran’s Day in order to honor American veterans of in all wars.
In Marshall County and across the country, on court house lawns and other public arenas, celebrations are held to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. May we all also honor our veterans in our hearts and homes this November 11th.
Veterans Day Memorial Service at Marshall County Courthouse in Guntersville
On November 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marshall County Courthouse a Veterans Day Memorial Service will be held with guest speaker Lt. Col. William W. (“Wild Bill”) Franklin. Franklin served in the military and was wounded in Vietnam. His story, and that his unit, are chronicled in part in the book We Were Soldiers Once… and Young by Harold Moore and the 2002 movie We Were Soldiers.
New VA Clinic in Marshall County
A new VA clinic opened in Guntersville in July, 2010. Prior to its opening thousands of veterans in the area had to travel to Madison, Gadsden or Birmingham for medical treatment. The new clinic will provide invaluable services to local veterans and their families. The clinic is located at 100 Judy Smith Drive, between Guntersville and Albertville across from the Marshall County Health Department.
Marshall County Veterans Service Office
Rhonda D. Tidmore - Veterans Service Officer / Alabama Women Veterans Coordinator
Kathy L. Floyd - Administrative Support Assistant
Marshall County Courthouse
424 Blount Avenue
P. O. Box 386
Guntersville, AL 35976
Phone: (256) 571-7761
FAX: (256) 571-7856
Monday thru Friday
7:00 - 4:00
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