PELL CITY -- The First Baptist Church Whosoever Will Men’s Bible Class in Talladega held its third annual fishing trip and cookout for veterans at the Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City.
“I think it was the best year we’ve ever had,” said Michael Scales, event coordinator for the Bible class. “They really enjoyed it, they really did.”
He said nine men from the Bible class volunteered for this year’s outing, which was held Saturday, May 12, at Pell City Lakeside Park. “We had 12 to 15 veterans to participate,” Scales said.
Veterans arrived at the park at 9 a.m. and began fishing from the piers.
“I think several of the veterans caught three to four (fish) apiece,” Scales said. “The fishing was really good this year.”
He said the veterans were also really appreciative.
“I’m thankful that we do this for them. A lot of them just wanted to sit out there and fish,” Scales said, adding that some of the veterans fished for three hours. “They did really well. We were so elated about it.”
He said the Bible class watches the water level to make sure Logan Martin Lake is at full pool. Scales said the fishing is better at the piers in the park when the water is deeper.
“Last year, we did it in a different month,” Scales said. “It depends on the water level, so they have a chance to catch fish. It was great this year.”
The veterans were also treated to a barbecue lunch at the park.
Scales said the event affords members of the Bible class an opportunity to get to know the veterans and about their service to their country.
“We enjoy their stories,” Scales said.
Scales said he thinks members of the Bible class enjoy the annual fishing trip as much as the veterans.
“It was great just seeing their faces. They just like being able to get out of the Veterans Home for a little while,” he said. “It was awesome. They really enjoyed it. We did, too.”
Scales said St. Clair County is the only place the Bible class goes outside of Talladega County, and the class members make the trip because of the veterans. Many of the residents at the VA Home are from Talladega County.
“We just want to show our appreciation to our veterans,” Scales said.