FLORENCE – Florence Mayor Steve Holt and Lauderdale County Commission Chairman Danny Pettus jointly announced plans for the annual Memorial Day program to be conducted on May 25 in Veteran’s Park at 11am. However, plans will be a little different this year.
After diligently considering Alabama mandated coronavirus pandemic restrictions and later adjustments to those restrictions, it was determined that the previously developed plan for the Florence-Lauderdale Memorial Day ceremony would be modified. You are encouraged to be a part of the ceremony by watching LIVE on the City of Florence Facebook Page or other media outlets.
The purpose of the ceremony is to honor the Florence-Lauderdale County Fallen Heroes. The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Program is: Honoring our Fallen Heroes, Lest We Forget, and Some Gave All.”
The May 25 ceremony will be abbreviated compared to those of past years. The ceremony will focus on honoring the brave service members that lost their lives while defending our freedom. It will include posting the colors, singing of the National Anthem, laying of a wreath, and special remembrances of Fallen Heroes. In addition to the National Anthem, the song, “Some Gave All” will be sung.
The Fallen Heroes Memorial, dedicated in May 1999, will be highlighted during the ceremony. This memorial is located to the rear of the Veterans Memorial in a sunken garden setting. The names of the 225 Lauderdale County Fallen Heroes are listed on five permanently installed memorial markers, displayed by wars: WW I (46), WW II (131), Korean War (15), and Vietnam War (33). In addition to the 225, the County has lost four in the
Global War on Terrorism. The Fallen Heroes Memorial stands as a symbol of the patriotism of the fallen heroes of Lauderdale County. The five memorial markers in the Fallen Heroes Memorial are permanently on display for the Fallen Heroes’ relatives, friends, and community. Everyone is invited to tour the exhibits of military equipment and monuments on the Veterans Memorial’s grounds anytime during park hours.