‘Willing to heed the call’: Veterans recognized at annual Harpersville Day

Published 4:21 pm Monday, November 12, 2018

HARPERSVILLE – The fifth annual Harpersville Day was a celebration of community and country.

Following a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 that featured Councilman William Knox Rayfield as Grand Marshal, a patriotic program was held in front of Town Hall.

Mayor Don Greene and Councilwoman Shelia Kidd welcomed those in attendance, and Pastor Jason Allums of Vincent Revival Center gave an invocation.

American Legion Post 68 of Childersburg led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance, and State Ambassador Bobby Joe Seales talked about the Alabama Bicentennial effort.

“What better thing could the town of Harpersville do than honor these veterans,” Seales said.

The keynote address for the second consecutive year was given by Col. Randall Zeegers, who noted that Nov. 11 marked the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I and the founding of Veterans Day.

“We are reminded that the freedoms we enjoy today did not come without a cost,” Zeegers said. “Today we salute the men and women who are willing to heed the call.

“I salute all of you veterans who are here today. You are truly heroes.”

Veterans in attendance were recognized and presented with certificates, and a bubbles ceremony was held and sponsored by Brandi Lawrence with SouthernCare Hospice.

Live music during Harpersville Day was presented by Chad Baker Band, Tribute to Aretha Franklin and 2Blu and the Lucky Stiffs.

Ongoing festivities throughout the event included a car show, children’s activities and vendors offering services and wares ranging from jewelry and vegetables to knives and wind chimes.

A variety of food was available also, including Polish sausage, barbecue, nachos and ice cream.

A hay bale art contest is held each year in conjunction with Harpersville Day.

Contest winners were: Vincent Elementary School, first place; Liberty Christian Church, second place; The Dog House Food Truck, third place; Cub Scout Pack 588, fourth place; and Coosa Valley Academy, fifth place.

Other awards included Dr. Becky’s Animal Clinic, Spirit Award; First U.S. Bank, Most Artistic Award; Town of Harpersville, Spirit of Patriotism; and Mt. Olive Church, Spirit of Thanksgiving.