The sound of cannon fire echoed off the walls of the St. Clair County Courthouse in Pell City early Memorial Day morning.
The Alabama Artillery Group, Cannon firing team, offered a cannon salute in the closing ceremony to honor fallen veterans on Monday as part of the Memorial Day program held there every year.
The American Legion Post 109 (Pell City) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 27 (Pell City) hosted the ceremony, which included patriotic music, reading of the names of St. Clair County fallen heroes, a rifle salute and Taps.
Maliha Alzyat sang the National Anthem and opening remarks were given by Carol Varner, Commander, A.L. McLaughlin DAV Chapter 27.
Pell City Mayor Bill Pruitt offered a welcome to Pell City and St. Clair County District Attorney Lyle Harmon welcomed visitors to St. Clair County.
“Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Memorial Day Ceremony,” said Pruitt. “Although the weather was hot and miserable, the discomfort was nothing compared to the sacrifice of those that we were there to honor. The most poignant moment of the morning, however, was when our speaker [Anthony Austin] encouraged everyone to ‘do something to make your life worth the loss of theirs.’ I think I'll just leave it right there to sink in.”
The guest speaker was Anthony Austin, Junior Vice Commander for DAV Chapter 27 and American Legion Post 109.
Representatives of the Broken Arrow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Canoe Creek Society, Children of the American Revolution laid a Memorial wreath by the Veterans Memorial in front of the St. Clair County Courthouse in Pell City.
A Combined Veterans Honor Guard led a rifle salute and played Taps. The Guard included members of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27 of Pell City, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6652 Ragland, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4758 Pell City, and the American Legion Post 109 Pell City.