Memorial Day observance held in Prattville

Mayor Byard laid a wreath in memory of those who died in military service

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Mayor Jim Byard chats after the ceremony - Photo by Marc Parker

Mayor Jim Byard chats after the ceremony - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – About one hundred people braved the inclement conditions Monday morning to attend the Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse in Prattville.

The event began at 11:00 AM and was held to honor those men and women who died while in military service. Prattville Mayor Jim Byard and members of the American Legion Post 122 spoke for about 45 minutes to the crowd.

“As always, the POW/MIA tribute is the most emotional part of Memorial Day to me. The meaning of every detail about this salute to our POWs and those considered MIA has significance,” said Mayor Byard.

Wrapping up the ceremony, a memorial prayer was given, and the mayor laid a wreath to commemorate those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Mayor Byard said today’s Memorial Day observance was one of the best since he began serving as Mayor of Prattville. 

“The steady rain added to this event meant to honor those servicemen and women of our nation who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.  No one left the ceremony due to rain, in fact, I heard Marylee Gipson (wife of our State Representative Mac Gipson) say that our men and women have fought in far worse conditions and at the least she, and others, could do was to sit in a steady rain for about 45 minutes to honor them.”

Fellow veterans salute during the event - Photo by Marc Parker

Fellow veterans salute during the event - Photo by Marc Parker

“I am proud to represent a community that ‘no matter the weather’ turns out in large numbers to honor the men and women who have sacrificed and worn the uniform of our country,” the mayor added.

Memorial day was originally known as Declaration Day and was a response to the massive bloodshed that took place during the American Civil War.

Waterloo, New York, began holding a Memorial Day observance in 1866 and was congressionally recognized as the “birthplace of Memorial Day.”

Article by Marc Parker

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