The different groups of law enforcement and fire fighters didn’t just show up on their own. Eli had organized a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day the previous year in the Ken Joiner Administration Building. He decided it would be better to have it in Centennial Memorial Park on Sept. 11. As the chairman of the Centennial Memorial Committee, he gave me my orders.
We began enlisting others, and what you saw on Sept. 11 was a result of Eli’s wishes. This is not unusual for him. I have worked on many projects with him for two decades. He started the Special Kids Fishing Tournament in his backyard, then he enlisted many talented workers and it has been a huge success ever since. When he was first elected to the County Commission, he took some ribbing from some former Anniston Army Depot employees about being a politician. He told me then he was going to use that position to make people’s lives better. The results are in; he did it and is still doing it.
He will not give himself praise, but if you have an hour of free time, give me a call and I will tell you a few things he has done. I just wanted everyone to know that the ceremony didn’t just happen. Some people talk the talk, Eli Henderson walks the talk. Today, you will probably walk past a widow, child, soldier, veteran, fireman or police officer whose lives are different because Eli Henderson is on the job. I feel better putting credit where credit is due.