This Saturday (May 17th) – Cherokee County will play host to one of the largest Armed Forces Day events seen in a number of years with current military personnel, veterans, law enforcement, first responders, state and local dignitaries – and many others taking part in a parade through the City of Centre.
That parade – with the theme “Still Serving America” – will be followed by a FREE cookout at Centre City Park.
That event is being organized by David Hartline, the Vice-Commander for the American Legion in the state of Alabama.
Hartline is perhaps best known for his best-selling book “What a Soldier Gives” which recounts his experiences in Viet Nam.
Hartline recently paid a visit to the WEIS Radio studios to promote this weekend’s celebration – and during that visit he shared with us – how, over the years – things have changed dramatically – for the better – from the time when he first returned from combat
Since that time Hartline has spent untold hours speaking to military personnel about his career in the service of his country, and what they will be facing during active duty and beyond. Hartline has been tireless in his fight for veterans’ rights and in his support for the nation’s military men and women currently serving.
Cherokee County Commission Chairman Kirk Day, who is a West Point graduate had this to say about this Saturday’s event
You can also listen to the WEIS Radio interview with David Hartline – in its entirety – by clicking on the link below
ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE & COOKOUT in Centre, Alabama HONORING ALL CURRENT MILITARY PERSONNEL, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS
May 17th from 10:00am – 2:30pm
Parade – Main Street (U.S. Highway 411) Line-up and sign-in set for 10:30am
Reviewing Stand VIP sign-in – 10:30am
Parade is set to begin at 11:00am
Cook Out to be held in Centre City Park immediately following parade
A number of guest speakers will be appearing
THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES ARE FREE FOR EVERYONE
(Donations to American Legion Post #62 will be accepted)
For additional information contact
David Hartline, American Legion, Alabama Department Vice-Commander
A 14.7 mile section of Highway 273 in Cherokee County will be named
David L. Hartline Highway with a ceremony to be held sometime in June.
Those expected to be in attendance include Senator Gerald Dial,
Senator Phil Williams and Representative Richard Lindsey among others.
The Resolution has been approved and signed by the Secretary of the Senate.