Hoover Chamber’s Freedom Award presented to Pate

HOOVER – Many Hoover residents are familiar with Allen Pate’s contributions to the city, but fewer probably know about his military service.

Both were praised at the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday, July 19, as Pate was presented with the annual Freedom Award.

The award, which was started in 2003 with the intention of recognizing Hoover’s most outstanding public servants who have dedicated themselves to the ideals of freedom, was presented by 2016 winner Mark Davis of Vettes 4 Vets.

Other previous recipients in attendance were recognized before Davis talked about Pate’s service, which included 29 years as a city employee when he retired 2016 as executive director.

“If you needed something done in Hoover, or needed an answer to a question, you went to Allen,” Davis said.

Pate’s efforts included the Veterans Memorial Arbor at Aldridge Gardens and Veterans Park off Valleydale Road.

Pate, who said he was “honored” to be included among the award’s recipients, served in the United States Navy and served two years in the Vietnam War.

Previous award winners were Art Headley, Bob Mosca, Bill Natter, John O’Malley, A.C. Roper, General Robert Lott (Ret.), Al Awtrey, Hollis Hayes, Hoover Police Lt. Trey Bass, Rear Admiral John T. (Jack) Natter (Ret.), Dan Mikos, Lt. Col. Damon Holditch, Ron Bradstreet and Davis.

The award recipient is chosen by the Veterans Committee. According to the award guidelines, applicants must:

  • Be a role model in the Hoover community—of good character and reputation in the community.
  • Have shown support for local, state and federal government.
  • Have promoted the ideals of freedom through this support.
  • Have given long-term service to these ideals, not just a one-time effort.
  • Have supported the U.S. military through either support to, or service in the military.
  • Be a Hoover resident, an employee of the City of Hoover or employee of a Hoover Chamber of Commerce member.