TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Hall of Heroes Committee during its monthly meeting Wednesday morning discussed upcoming joint projects with the Pilgrimage Commission and Rotary Club, as well as the grand opening reception and events for Memorial Day.
The April in Talladega Pilgrimage will be April 13-14, and the committee agreed to provide information on an open house at the Hall to people who had tickets for the Pilgrimage and at each of the homes on this year’s tour. Committee member Jimmy Williams said Kevin Smith will also be hosting an open house at the renovated Braswell’s Furniture Building at the same time.
Talladega fire Chief Danny Warwick has agreed to have a firefighter at the Hall for people to meet, and other committee members will be reaching out to the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office. Williams said Warwick had also provided the Hall with a badge formerly belonging to retired Chief K.D. Dickerson to put on display.
The Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and members of the Junior Welfare League will also be involved.
The week before the pilgrimage, on Friday, April 6, the Hall of Heroes Committee and Talladega Rotary Club will host an invitation only reception for donors and others who have helped keep the Hall of Heroes Project going over the years. Tickets for the annual Rotary Club Drawdown will be on sale, and the drawdown itself is set for May 5 at the Braswell’s Building, according to board member Keela Brown. Tickets are $100 each.
The reception will serve 125 to 150 people at Café Royal from 5 to 7 p.m., Brown said.
The committee also discussed plans for the Memorial Day observance, which will include featured speaker Earl Smith, of Lincoln. Smith, who has been featured in The Daily Home, was recently honored for dismantling a hydrogen bomb in North Carolina in 1961.
A local minister has already been selected for the invocation and the benediction, but no one had been chosen to lay the wreath as of Wednesday.
Also Wednesday, the committee:
Announced that renovations to the interior of the Hall were almost complete and would be ready for the event coming up next month;
Discussed having the Chamber ambassadors and the Rotary Club select some of their members to serve on the committee;
Discussed hosting a golf tournament;
Discussed a local business’s promise to design a back porch for the building; and
Appointed Brown, committee Chairman Stan Hartdegen and committee member Joe Power to an interview committee to consider hiring the board’s first employee.