FLORENCE – The Annual Veterans Day program in Florence takes place November 11 at the Florence-Lauderdale County Veterans Memorial at 301 Veterans Park Drive north of Wilson Dam. The public and all veterans and their relatives are especially invited to attend.

The ceremony will include the unveiling of a War on Global Terrorism monument. Five war monuments will be dedicated including WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Global War on Terrorism. The ceremony will include a white dove release and an airplane flyover.

The first 150 veterans to arrive at the Veterans Memorial will be given a keepsake Veterans lapel pin. Small American flags will be given to all attendees to wave during the ceremony in honor of our veterans.

Florence Mayor Steve Holt of Florence and Lauderdale County Commission Chair, Danny Pettus, invite veterans to show their pride in having served in our country’s armed forces by wearing their service caps. The local themes for this year’s Veterans Day ceremony are, “I am a Veteran” and “Thank you for your service.” Our country owes those who have served and those who are currently serving a debt of gratitude. Our appreciation should be expressed often, but especially on Veterans Day. Attendance at this program is one way to do that.

Attendees will be invited to tour the Veterans Museum and the outdoor displays of military equipment and various monuments. These displays include an AH-1F Cobra helicopter and a F-14D Phantom jet. The Don Michael Medal of Honor recipient display is located at the Veterans Memorial.

The Fallen Heroes memorial, dedicated at the 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony, is located at the rear of the Veterans Memorial. This memorial contains the names of 225 Lauderdale County brave men who sacrificed their lives during WWI (46; WWII (131); Korean War (15), and Vietnam War (33). Additionally, four Lauderdale county citizens have been casualties of the global War on Terrorism.