By Barbara McLaurine
The twenty-seventh Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Bullock County Courthouse. In case of inclement weather, the Richard B. Stone Complex will be available.
American Legion Post 2016, with the assistance of the Bell Cook Hopson Unit #337, are spearheading the event. The Bullock County Extension System and the Tourism Council are also participating in making the event a tribute to Bullock County Veterans.
The Theme for 2021 is “Honoring All Who Served.” Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Field,” made the red poppy the national symbol of sacrifice and remembrance of those lost to the ravages of war since 1919, when Armistice Day was first established.
Veterans Day is set aside to honor and recognize all the living veterans who have served in the military. Those who have served ninety days on active duty during wartime served one hundred eighty-one days on active duty during peacetime or completed six years of service in the National Guard or Reserves are considered veterans. A veteran is a former member of the armed forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Space Force.)
Members of the Veterans Day Committee: Clarence Wheeler-Commander Post 2016, Ruby Swanson- President Auxiliary #337, Gene Nelson- Chaplain Post 2016, Saint T. Thomas, Midge Putman-Tourism Council, Carla Elston-Extension Service, Daniel Edwards, Jeraldyne Dorsey, Jeff Gibson, Willie Crawford, Amos Tarver, David Muhammad, Roy Murry, Gladys Leonard-Adjutant Post 2016, Faye Gaston and Barbara McLaurine. Stan “Chilly” Cooks will provide patriotic music for the ceremony.
The Bullock County ROTC, under the direction of Colonel John Moody, will be on hand to post the Colors and assist. The Future Leaders Class of Bullock County High School will also be assisting. Faye Gaston will present the Bullock County Historical Society’s wreath and place it at the WWI Monument.
The Model Garden Club will also present a wreath. Midge Putman, Tourism Council, will contact the local schools for the children’s poster and essay contests and make the award presentations at the ceremony.
The Tourism Council will contact the garden clubs to decorate business windows with a Veterans Day theme and present the award to the winner. All veterans and members of the armed forces are encouraged to attend. Residents are asked to begin making arrangements to help older veterans to attend.
Southern Springs Health Care and Rehabilitation Facility usually provides transportation to the events for their resident veterans. The courthouse area is handicapped-accessible.