OPELIKA, Ala. – Each year, the City of Opelika honors its veterans with a Veterans Day ceremony outside city hall. This year was no different.
More than 150 veterans from all branches of the military gathered outside city hall for an hour-long ceremony to honor their call to serve and defend our freedoms.
The morning was filled with patriotic hymns from the Opelika High School choir, remarks from various community leaders and a demonstration from the Lyman Ward Military Academy rifle precision drill team.
Major Gen. Perry Smith addressed the veterans during the event and talked about how our country has been a beacon of hope during times of trouble due to our freedoms, and thanked the veterans for defending those freedoms. Major Gen. Smith also said that the veterans lived uncommon lives, but were bound by the common bind of military service and that folks should never forget them.
The veterans were grateful for the ceremony, but wished their fallen brothers were with them on this day.
“My brother was in the Army during the invasion of Southern France, and fought his way up all through Germany,” Retired Navy Walter Dorsey said. “He has since passed away, but all those folks, they served, they are the ones who really should be remembered today, those who really died in war and in battle.”