TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Hall of Heroes Committee will once again play host to the Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 11.
Those wishing to participate in the parade will gather at 10 a.m., and the parade will begin at 11. It will end in Veterans Park, where the Daughters of the American Revolution will provide hot dogs and other refreshments.
James Kent, this year’s grand marshal, will give a speech under the shelter in the park. There will also be live music.
Kent served 20 years in the Army, in World War II and Korea. He joined in 1940 as a private and fought in Italy, where he was captured by the Germans and held as a prisoner until the end of the war. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Prisoner of War Medal and Purple Hearts in both World War II and Korea.
Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact Chip Moore at First Bank of Alabama.
The committee will hold a called meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce. The meeting is open to the public.
The remainder of Tuesday’s meeting was spent discussing various events to promote and raise money for the restoration of the former Wood-Weaver Shoes Building on the square, which will eventually house a museum and the hall itself.
Wayne Miller volunteered to begin organizing a golf tournament, which is tentatively set for the day after Thanksgiving. Committee member Keela Brown said she had recently placed a donation jar in her business and said she would encourage others to do the same.
Chairman Stan Hartdegen said the committee had made a great deal of progress with about $6,000 raised so far, but committee member Cleve Jacobs said it would take about $40,000 to finish the renovations.
The Hall of Heroes displays portraits and biographical information regarding people from Talladega County who served in the armed services during wartime.