Sumter County Veterans observe Veteran’s Day

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(AMERICUS, GA) – Unlike in previous years, Sumter County veterans did not march through Downtown Americus for the annual Veteran’s Day Parade.

So American Legion Post 558 came up with a different way to honor the day along Route 30.

“Because of the pandemic, we chose not to get involved in that this year. And we decided to take this direction instead. We couldn’t let the day go without something going on, and some way of representing our retired military personnel, and so we decided to do the Avenue of Flags,” says American Legion Post 558 Church Advocate, Frank Mitchell.

The flags along the roads leading to the American Legion have the names of current and recently deceased Sumter c\County veterans.

As well, the American Legion wanted to bring a few more groups in on this year’s event, by feeding not just veterans, but also local first responders.

Post Commander, Willie Young tells us, “We as veterans here at Post 558 decided that we need to go a little further in helping our veterans, and as well our local authorities in the job that they do.”

For many veterans having this time to be celebrated for their service has been appreciated, given how limited they’ve had to be throughout the course of the year.

Sumter County veteran, Tony Aleecooper Sr. says “This year has been rough, it’s been rough on everybody living in Sumter County and abroad also. So that’s why we did what we did this year with the flags up alongside the road.”

For the added thanks to those who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the veterans of the American Legion wanted to make sure they were included in this year’s event.

Commander Young says, “They’ve been through a lot, the doctors and all of them have been through a lot. So we just wanted to show our appreciation to them for doing such a great job.”