Tuscaloosa Celebrates Veteran's Day

By Kelvin Reynolds

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Military pride came front and center in Tuscaloosa this Veterans Day. Programs started at 8:30 in the morning at Veterans Memorial Park and ended with a 30 vehicle motorcade that started at VFW Post 6022 in Cottondale and ended at the V-A Medical Center.

Nearly one hundred people listened intently as Retired Navy Commander Mark Fields talked about thanking retired and fallen military, thanking active duty members for their continued service and enlightening those who may one day serve at Veterans Memorial Park.

Afterward, Aliceville veteran Michael McCaa said, "If you see a veteran, kind of wish him a happy day because I know what it is to shed blood for this country."

Fields pulled double duty as a speaker. After leaving the park, he appeared at Tuscaloosa's V-A Medical Center to echo similar thoughts about the significance of the holiday. He told Fox6 News his message to veterans, "We appreciate your sacrifice. You left your hometowns throughout the country, you left your educational opportunities and you served a higher purpose. Now you're back and we want to say thank you."

The afternoon conlcuded with a motorcade hosted by VFW Post 6022 in Cottondale. Post Commander Walter Turner says the annual motorcade provides an opportunity for veterans who are unable to leave their homes to see their service to the country is appreciated.