Reunion Troy announces plans for Veterans Day weekend

Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Reunion Troy committee has finalized plans for a Veterans Weekend Celebration, November 9-12 in Troy.

Mackenzie Kayler, Troy Community Engagement & Special Projects, said the weekend celebration will get underway early on Friday with the Veterans Day Breakfast hosted annually by the Colley Senior Complex. The breakfast will be at 8 a.m. at Troy Parks and Recreation, 601 Enzor Road in Troy.

Kayler said the breakfast is for all veterans and reservations are not necessary.

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“Also on Friday, we will have two events at the Troy Public Library,” she said. “At 10 a.m., Reunion Troy will host a ‘Sharing Our Stories’ event. We encourage our residents to be among the first to view ‘Voices of Our Veterans’ which is a documentary made by Nelsey Leverette that is comprised of stories from our local veterans about their times spent serving our country.”

Also at the TPL, John D. Morrison, author of “Fire for Effect,” will share the story of the 933rd Field Artillery Battalion in World War II. That battalion was made up of soldiers from several counties in Southeast Alabama, including Pike.”

The Troy Reunion’s Veterans Day Celebration will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday on the square in downtown Troy.

Kayler said the guest speaker for the Downtown Veterans Celebration will be Army Command Sergeant Major Retired Scherr Qualls. Special music will be by Shelia Jackson, the Charles Henderson High School Choir and the Pike Liberal Arts Band.

At 10:30, a dramatic Living Wax Museum presentation based on different conflicts in Alabama will feature students from Covenant Christian School, Goshen Elementary, Pike County Elementary, Pike Liberal Arts School and Troy Elementary.

“Following the Living Wax Museum presentation, Reunion Troy will invite everyone to embark on the Veterans History Trail to the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, the Conecuh River Depot Museum and the Troy Airport where they may explore exhibits and memorabilia from conflicts during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Free transportation will be provided from the downtown square to all three sites. Traveling by private vehicle is also an option.

On Monday, November 12, American Legion Post 70 in Troy will host a Veterans Day Program at 11 a.m. at Bicentennial Park. The annual Veterans Day observance will include a dedication service for the Vietnam Monument that honors those from Pike and surrounding counties who died in Vietnam.

Reunion Troy’s Veterans Weekend Celebration is an Alabama Bicentennial event. Everyone is encouraged to make plans now to be a part of the celebration to honor all who have dedicated themselves to service to their country and to their fellowman.