Thanking our local veterans was the emphasis of a recent Arab Historical Society’s meeting. It was to thank local veterans for their contributions as part of celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday.

Robert Gullion led the discussion assisted by James Carson, who is given credit for inviting the veterans that attended. In addition to Gullion telling about some of his and his dad’s military experiences during their tours of duty, several others also spoke about some of theirs.

Veterans attending included Gene Bishop, Jerry Messenger, Charles Winslett, Ricky Clements, Bill Newland, Steve Shaver and John Peak. (Some of their remarks follow in this column.)

James Carson announced that the Cost of Freedom Veterans Museum, along with the American Legion Arab Post 114 and the VFW Post 6226 are working on a project to install a “Brick Paver Walkway” around the veteran’s monument at Arab City Park.

They are $100 each and forms may be obtained by calling: 256-586-3429, 256-200-0022, 256-738-4791.

Most of the veterans mentioned here are affiliated with the Freedom Museum located on Main Street downtown. If you have not visited it, you will learn a lot about all the wars mentioned.

The museum is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

• James Carson received his World War II draft notice while still a student in high school. He was, however, allowed to finish before going into the Army.

While in service, he became a technical sergeant high speed radio operator and was selected to teach air cadets.

In 1944 during WWII James was on a ship in a convoy headed for South Hampton. He arrived in Belgium at the end of the “Battle of the Bulge” and was later a Holocaust Liberator.

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