Pvt. Taylor Henry

Pvt. Taylor Henry will be featured Saturday during the first “Meet and Greet Our Future Heroes” event at the Talladega Hall of Heroes.

TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Hall of Heroes was established to honor those who served their country in uniform during wartime throughout history.

This weekend, according to board member Keela Brown, the Hall is also going to begin honoring what she referred to as “future heroes.”

“Meet and Greet Our Future Heroes” is a new program to introduce local young people who have recently graduated from basic training or one of the service academies, Brown said.

The first person to be so honored will be Pvt. Taylor Henry of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Henry is Brown’s granddaughter, she said.

The reception will be Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hall of Heroes Museum on the east side of Talladega’s historic Courthouse Square, in the old Wood-Weaver Shoes building. The public is invited to attend.

Brown added the meet-and-greets being unveiled this weekend are only one of several new outreach programs being discussed by the Hall’s board. Future events involving military recruiters and fundraising projects are also in development.

She said she and other board members had also begun working closely with a similar group in Athens that is somewhat more established.

Brown said a representative from Athens had already agreed to exchange rack cards with the Talladega group and would provide assistance when addressing the Talladega City Council or Talladega County Commission for funding during budget season. The two organizations have also discussed trading exhibits from time to time.

For more information, or to arrange a meet-and-greet with a friend or family member from Talladega County, please call the Hall at 256-369-7193, the Greater Talladega & Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce at 256-362-9075 or Brown at 256-362-3092.