Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Winston County Honors Its Veterans

Louisville and Winston County celebrated its veterans on Saturday
with the Veterans Harvests Festival and parade. Folks took time for a little fun as well as the Louisville Fire Association sponsored a Bed Race on S. Columbus Ave. and later in the day, the youngsters got in on the fun with a tricycle race.

But the highlight of the day was the Veterans Parade and program. Local veterans participated by marching or riding down Main Street. The Louisville High School Bands participated in the parade along with other groups and the Fair Elementary Melody Makers performed for the crowd.

Upon arrival on South Columbus Avenue, the Veterans were welcomed by Louisville Mayor Will Hill. The presentation of colors was conducted by the Louisville High School ROTC and the national anthem was sung by Tracy McCully.

Terry Arnett, the president of the Louisville Lions Club read the names of veterans and servicemen who were honored with an American flag on the highway bypass. These flags are sponsored by family members, friends or organizations.

The keynote speaker for the day was Capt. Scott Bunnay, the Commanding Officer of the Meridian Navel Air Station. The program concluded with the laying of a wreath at the monument at the intersection of Main and Columbus.

The Veterans Harvests Festival was a change from the traditional Stew Stomp program and included several vendors, an auction for Winston Strong, bed races and tricycle races. A highlight of the event was the performance by the East Central Community College Collegians.wwm  See more photos from the event below: