Programs in Central, North Baldwin honor veterans

By John Underwood /
Posted 11/3/17

LOXLEY, Alabama — Veterans and their families gathered Friday, Nov. 3 at the Loxley Civic Center for a pot-luck dinner and program, hosted by the town of Loxley.Mayor Billy Middleton welcomed …

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Programs in Central, North Baldwin honor veterans


LOXLEY, Alabama — Veterans and their families gathered Friday, Nov. 3 at the Loxley Civic Center for a pot-luck dinner and program, hosted by the town of Loxley.

Mayor Billy Middleton welcomed guest and prayer and blessing was presented by John McRae. Veterans and their families then enjoyed a pot-luck meal followed by a short program.

The reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance was followed by the National Anthem, led by Bennie Green and the Parade of Flags with a veteran presenting the flag for each branch of service with that branch’s signature song. Flag bearers were John Rada, Army; Buford Blackmon, Navy; Ralph Beckham, Coast Guard; Ernie Baker, Air Force; and Jimmy Driver, Marines.

Middleton then recognized wives and widows of veterans, followed by veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Granada, the Persian Gulf, UN Peacekeeper veterans (Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Middle East); Iraq/Afganistan and Cold War veterans.

Brian Parnell then played Taps in honor of all fallen heroes and Green led in the singing of “God Bless America,” and prayer for our country, leaders and military by Gary Byrd.

Door prizes were then presented by Katherine Breeden, Paige Powell and Brayden Wallace with a dismissal prayer by Pastor Louis Johnson with the First Baptist Church of Loxley.

Door prize contributors included Ashton Wilson, Loxley Gun and Pawn, Sweat Tire, Nancy Cole, Piggy Wiggly, Loxley; Wilma Jayjohn, Magnolia Blossom Café, Burris Farm Market, Emerald Coast Cutlery, Mane Street Salon, Loxley Discount Drugs, Two Cousins, Paige Powell, Wal-Mart, Robertsdale; Wal-Mart, Foley; Pizza Hut, Foley; Chick & Sea, Foley, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Olive Garden and Kitten Caboodle.

Music for the evening was presented by the City Rhythm Big Band. Additional participants included the Loxley Church of God, Tina Harris and Beryl Allen with the Loxley Civic Center, and the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans, which presented a $500 check to the town during the event.

Programs to honor veterans will be held throughout Central and North Baldwin this week, including:


The George P. Thames Senior Center will present a program to honor veterans beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the PZK Civic Center, 17833 Alabama 104, Robertsdale.

Veterans of all branches of military service will be honored, followed by lunch.

For more information call the senior center at 251-947-8973.

Bay Minette

The City of Bay Minette will host a Veterans Day Program on Saturday, Nov. 11 beginning with breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Bay Minette Civic Center.

A Veteran’s Day Parade will be held beginning at 10:15 a.m., parade assembles at 9:15 a.m. at BMIS.

A ceremony will be held at The Eternal Flame on Courthouse Square, beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Korean War Memorial Ceremony at 11 at the Bay Minette Public Library.

All branches of military service will be honored. For more information call 251-937-5665.


A program to honor veterans will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Silverhill Veterans Memorial, located in Anderson Park on Main Street (Alabama 104), across from Town Hall.

Program will include speakers, recognition of all veterans, recognition of fallen soldiers, and live bugle music. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.


The Town of Summerdale is hosting a Veteran’s Day Program beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the town's monthly council meeting, which is held at the Summerdale Municipal Court, 502 W Lee Ave.

All veterans and active servicemen are welcome to attend. Four-a-Change will perform the National Anthem and the youth from Robertsdale Assembly of God Church will present a program.

Also, a slideshow of veterans will be presented, which includes photos that have been added every year since the program began. Each veteran in attendance will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and tell the audience where and how they served or are serving. A meal will be provided, along with gifts for each person attending.

Several area schools also hold Veterans Day programs every year. Check with your local school for day and times.