Heroes honored

Veterans were honored Wednesday at the Donald E. Green Active Adult Center ahead of Monday’s holiday

Veterans are recognized Wednesday at the Donald E. Green Active Adult Center. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – A touching ceremony was held Wednesday at the Donald E. Green Active Adult Center in honor of Cullman area veterans, followed by a Thanksgiving lunch. The patriotic program reminded those in attendance of the sacrifices made by all veterans while giving the community an opportunity to show its gratitude.

The Cullman City Council, Mayor Woody Jacobs, Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman and members of the Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Board were in attendance, and Miss Center Point 2020 Emma Wright performed the national anthem.

Veterans Randy Robbins and Doug Danley presented the first of two flags. The first as the crowd heard Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” and the second as everyone stood proudly listening to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”

The flag of each branch of service was presented as veterans of each branch stood. Presenters were Wilford Parrish- Army, George Scott- Navy, David Hays-Coast Guard, James Ronnie Jones-Air Force and Doug Danley- Marines. All veterans were asked to come up after the flag presentations, and Jacobs presented each one a handsome blue cap adorned with “Proud U.S. Veteran” and the flag.

Everyone was treated to a holiday meal prepared by the seniors from the Donald E Green Center and other volunteers.

Director Stephanie Neal said, “People asked to volunteer and most come and participate at the center each day. I am very thankful for them.”

She added, “I cried during the flag presentation and to see how proud they are. It’s so touching to me.”

Veterans from as far back as World War II were present and honored Wednesday morning. In the entrance of the center was a portrait of World War I veteran Hane Milam Windsor from Cullman. His granddaughter Melissa Windsor Parrish brought his portrait and other items she found recently when cleaning his estate.

Parrish brought the flag, with 48 stars, that draped her grandfather’s casket, his helmet and an embroidered handkerchief dated 1919 he brought from Germany for his wife. She also found a portrait of Windsor’s brother John who was killed in1922 during World War I.

Said Parrish, “I am just very, very proud of it.”

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Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman and WWII veteran Herbert Johnson (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

Christy Perry