Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority’s Veterans Memorial Park Association, in conjunction with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and The University of Alabama Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, will host a joint Veterans Day program on November 11 at 10 a.m., located at 1701 McFarland Blvd. East. The event is free and open to the public.
“Considering the need for extra safety and social distancing during this time, the program will be a drive-in only event,” said COL Duane Lamb, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Park Association. “The program will be broadcast via radio, and everyone can drive-in and tune-in while in the safety and comfort of their own vehicle. This is a change but an easily adaptable solution,” said Lamb.
According to officials, the keynote speaker of the combined program is Major General William S. Lee Commanding General, 3d Medical Command. MG Lee’s career of distinguished service includes a variety of medical and military command assignments.
He served seven years as a Field Surgeon for the 109th Evacuation Hospital, including mobilization to the Caribbean in support of Operation Hugo Relief. He also served as an EMT director for the 109th Evacuation Hospital during Operation Desert Storm and served as the 62nd Medical Group Patient Decontamination Team Chief. MG Lee mobilized with Camp Shelby Mississippi, Fort Benning GA, Fort Jackson, SC, Fort Sheridan, IL and Fort Douglas, UT, in addition to a career long service around the globe.
MG Lee’s numerous and distinguished awards and decorations include but are not limited to The Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Order of Military Medical Merit in addition to many others.
He is from Marion, AL, where his family runs a 600-acre-cow-calf operation. MG Lee is the current Medical Director at Marion Clinic, and various long-term care facilities.
Additional remarks will be delivered from LTC John Merkle, U.S. Army, Retired and Director, Tuscaloosa V.A. Medical Center and COL Duane Lamb, US Air Force, Retired and Associate Vice President University of Alabama Facilities and Grounds.
Program participants can tune-in to radio station 87.9 FM to participate in the program. However, the program will not be available via radio outside of the immediate park area.
State and local elected officials, Veterans and Veterans Committee members are encouraged to attend. The typical refreshments will not be served due to current COVID considerations.
In case of inclement weather, there is no alternate plan for the program.