Wednesday’s Veterans Day park ceremonies could be moved

Published 6:24 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wednesday’s scheduled 9 a.m. Veterans Day ceremonies in Willis Park could be moved to 9 a.m. Thursday if forecasted heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ida hit.

American Legion Post 62 Commander Bob Strickland says a decision on whether to move the park ceremonies, which will feature an address by 30-year U.S. Army veteran and Bainbridge College Director of Business and Industry Services Gean Hendrix, to Thursday, will be made by 7 a.m. Wednesday.

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Today’s noon Veterans Day luncheon at Bainbridge College’s Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4904 and featuring an address by National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Chuck Crews will go on as scheduled.

In addition to the address by Hendrix, today or tomorrow’s park ceremonies, which are open to the public, will feature a welcome by Commander Strickland, and the placing of a wreath on the park monument in memory of deceased Decatur County veterans of all wars by VFW Post 4904 Commander Hill Yates and Commander Leepoula Wise or adjutant Herbert Smiley of American Legion Post 502.

The ceremonies will open with the presentation of colors by Bainbridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets and the playing of the National Anthem by the BHS Marching Bearcat Band. The Rev. Stephen Webb, pastor of the Bainbridge First United Methodist Church, will give the invocation.

The park ceremonies will conclude with the benediction by the Rev. Webb and the reading of the names of Decatur County veterans who have died since Veterans Day 2008.

All banks and non-emergency federal, state and county offices will be closed today. City offices will be open.