Shoal Creek honors veterans
Published 11:53 am Tuesday, November 10, 2015
By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer
SHOAL CREEK—Shoal Creek town hall was full of patriotic pride on Nov. 8 as members and residents took time out of their Sunday evening to celebrate Veterans Day a little early.
“(Veterans Day) is a celebration, you’re supposed to celebrate that men and women served our country, you’re also supposed to thank those who served,” Shoal Creek resident retired Maj. Gen. David Scott Gray said.
Among those in attendance were veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A display near the entrance of the town hall listed the names of Shoal Creek residents, members, staff and family members who had served in the United States military.
In addition to recognizing those who have served, Gray noted the importance of recognizing those who are still serving.
“None of these folks are drafted, none of them were told this is what they have to do,” Gray said. “Think about that next time you see one of them… these kids today, they’re pretty great volunteers.”
The Calera High School Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard, led by retired Maj. Aurelia Garcia, presented the colors while former Miss Alabama contestant and Shelby County Schools music teacher Haley Spates sang the National Anthem. U.S. Representative Gary Palmer was also in attendance and offered his appreciation for veterans.
Spates closed the ceremony with a powerful rendition of God Bless America.
Planned by Gray’s wife, Jackie, the event originally started out as a simple reception at the Gray household. With the help of fellow Shoal Creek community members Mary Ruth Robertson and Caroline Little, Jackie Gray’s small gathering turned into a full-scale event.
“After digging deep into our Shoal Creek Community, (I discovered) we have (43) veterans here,” Jackie Gray said. “I’m just proud that my husband and our families have served. This is my way of giving back.”