By David Palmer
The Cullman Times
An event to honor Cullman County’s military veterans will be Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park at Sportsman Lake.
Scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. the program will feature remarks from area elected officials as well as keynote speaker Julian Campbell.
Campbell is a 92-year-old local World War II veteran who flew 40 combat missions during the war. He also flew transport aircraft during the Korean War and combat missions in Vietnam, said Ken Brown, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214.
“Mr. Campbell is an amazing person and has a great story to tell,” Brown said. “He’s very active in the community and plays golf three times a week, carrying his own clubs, at TP Country Club.”
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. John Casper is also planning a flyover during the event in Yak-52 Russian trainer plane.
Activities are expected to conclude by 11 a.m.
This year’s event, which is open to veterans and their families and anyone in the public who would like to show their appreciation to veterans, will include the first appearance of students from the new ROTC program in local schools.
“We’ll actually have all 42 of the ROTC students in attendance in full uniform. Area veterans bought the uniforms, so we’ll be excited to have the students participating with us this year,” Brown said.
The Wallace State Community College Singers are also scheduled to perform.
“This is also an effort by community banks to make this day of honor possible,” Brown said. “John Riley from Cullman Savings Bank has been working with the community’s banks and the veterans and we’re greatly appreciative for their efforts.”
After the program, Cullman Elks will provide lunch to veterans and their spouses.
If inclement weather occurs, activities will move to the VFW post across from Yates Chrisitan Bookstore.
David Palmer may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-734-2131, ext. 213,