Reunion Troy planning Veterans Day celebration

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Reunion Troy Committee is moving ahead with plans to honor Pike County’s people during the 2018 year of Alabama’s three-year Bicentennial Celebration.

ALABAMA 200 celebrated Alabama’s Places in 2017, is celebrating Alabama’s People in 2018 and will celebrate Alabama’s Stories in 2019.

In February, the City of Troy honored Pike County native John Lewis, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. A plan for the remainder of 2018 is to host a Veterans’ Day Celebration on the square in downtown Troy tentatively set for November 9 and 10.

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Mackenzie Kayler, City of Troy community engagement and special projects coordinator, said the reunion committee could think of none who deserve the honor more than those Alabamians who have served their country.

“As of now, the committee members made several suggestions for the Veterans’ Day Celebration and we welcome ideas from the community,” Kayler said. “The next committee meeting will be at 4 p.m. on June 11 at Troy City Hall. The public is encouraged to come and be involved in the planning of this special ALABAMA 200 event.”

Included in the ideas that were shared at the Reunion Troy committee meeting included a Living Wax Museum involving local schools, an aircraft fly-over, military re-enactments and a display of military vehicles.

The Veterans’ Day Celebration will be held in conjunction with other local annual Veterans’ Day events and activities.

Kayler said the Veterans’ Day Celebration is in the early planning stages and nothing definite had been decided.

“The committee welcomes ideas from the community and encourages participation in the June 11 meeting,” she said.

Those who cannot attend the meeting may contact Kayler at Troy City Hall with ideas and suggestions.

ALABAMA 200 is an unprecedented opportunity to experience and explore the state of Alabama. It is a chance to celebrate Troy’s place in each of the 67 counties that stretch from the Shoals to the shores. During the three-year celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial, ALABAMA 200 will engage residents and visitors in educational programs, community activities, and statewide initiatives that teach, inspire, and entertain.