Florence Honored Our Fallen Veterans With 40th Anniversary Celebration Of Veterans Museum And Park

by Lynn McMillen
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FLORENCE-Florence observed Memorial Day With a celebration of the 40th year of the Veterans Museum and Park. Mayor Holt was on hand to open the ceremonies as the armed forces who gave their all were honored with a laying of a wreath. Recognition was given to the  veterans and their families who were on hand to honor their fallen.

The Florence-Lauderdale Veterans Memorial Museum was the dream of Anson Cooper, U. S. Army, WW II Veteran, who enlisted the aid of others to help the project become a reality.  Its purpose was to perpetuate the memory of the men and women who fought and died for our country.  The Veterans Memorial Museum, which is believed to be unique in Alabama, and perhaps the nation, was completed in 1975 and dedicated on May 30, 1977.  The actual construction took several years, and when completed, the cornerstone was laid which truly tells the whole story of the Veterans Memorial – “BUILT BY PEOPLE WHO CARED 1972 – 1975.”

The Quad Cities Daily captured thecelebration in photos and we present them to you here:

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