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.”