Wiregrass Newsroom: Veterans Honored in Community Wide Ceremony

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala - Veterans across the wiregrass gathered for a community wide ceremony in Dothan.

For Sheldon Bailey Veterans Day is a time to reflect and remember fellow soldiers that didn't make it home.

"It's my thoughts on those people there and I know how they served," says Bailey.

Bailey and other veterans took part in a community wide Veterans Day ceremony; at a service held at the Wiregrass Armed Forces Memorial in downtown Dothan.

"Freedom is not free that's why I think this memorial on this knoll in this place is so important," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Troy University Chancellor.

The service also held another special meaning; it was a chance for organizers to finally dedicate the memorial.

"Being able to stand up publically and look those ladies and gentlemen in the eyes and say thank you that's what this is all about," said Forrest Register, Chairman of Wiregrass Veterans Memorial Committee.

"I consider it a privilege to have served in the military and I trust those guys that wear that uniform," said Bailey.

A privilege Bailey and others are proud to share.

It is estimated that there are around 10,000 veterans in the Wiregrass.