Hogansville Veterans Day program ‘gives us a sense of community’

Andy Simmons Staff Reporter

November 12, 2013

The city of Hogansville hosted its annual Veterans Day memorial service in downtown Hogansville on Monday.

Representatives and flags from every military branch were on display. The service included a Veterans Day address from speaker Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff, as well as a performance of “Proud to be an American” by the Hogansville Elementary School Student Council.

Mayor-elect Bill Stankiewicz also was present at the memorial service, and he believes that having memorial services in small towns such as Hogansville is a good way to bring everyone together.

“It’s very important,” Stankiewicz said. “It gives us a sense of community. Larger towns have larger resources. For us, these kinds of ceremonies brings us all together for a common purpose, which is important.”

Stankiewicz told the community of his service as a member of the naval branch and thanked all veterans who have served. He then introduced Woodruff.

Woodruff had a similar view to Stankiewicz on what Veterans day means to small communities such as Hogansville.

“It gives us a chance to come together and honor those that have served our country,” Woodruff said. “Whereas the big communities do a good job recognizing them as well, but when we can come together and we know the people we are honoring it makes it that much more special.”