ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — God bless America is a song that has a special place in the hearts of veterans. On Thursday evening, the city of Enterprise honored veterans during the annual veterans’ tribute ceremony at the civic center.
“Our veterans are considered to be soldiers for life and we continue to honor to honor them for their service to the nation and it’s based on their sacrifice and service that has allowed our nation to grow into what it is today,” Maj. Gen. David Francis said.
At the beginning of the ceremony, veterans of all branches lined up in formation as they marched in to receive a loud round of applause. And then, they listened to speeches from veterans apart of the DAV and the keynote speaker Fort Rucker’s Commanding General — Maj. David Francis as he thanked the patriotic city of Enterprise as well as the veterans who have served or currently serving.
General Francis says it’s important to make sure veterans are thanked especially in Enterprise with Fort Rucker just 15 minutes away.
“We’re very blessed in the wiregrass especially in Enterprise with the amount of veterans that reside here. They continue to support us at Fort Rucker and they continue to support the military as we deploy around the world,” Gen. Francis said
The closing part of the ceremony was giving out awards for the veteran of the year. This year in this unusual year there were two — Sargeant Major David Price and Corporal Chris Jones. They were shocked but pleased to win such a huge award.
“They called me and told me to get my nomination packet in and I kinda sat on it for a couple of days but it caught me by surprise to be a winner,” SGT MAJ Price said.
“It’s an honor to be nominated and even greater to be nominated by your peers,” Cpl. Jones said.