Alabamian to honor veterans with special section

Peabody Award-winning journalist Elmer Davis once said, “This nation will remain the land of  the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
The Alabamian is happy to once again be saluting our veterans this year in a special section, which will come out Wednesday, Nov. 10.  The section will contain photos of local residents and/or their loved ones who have served in all branches of our nation’s armed forces - from the Civil War to the present.  Along with the photos, the soldier’s name, rank, branch of service,  war(s) fought in, years of service and, for active duty members of the military, the place where the solider is currently stationed will be included.  There is no charge to submit information and photos.
“We are thrilled to present this opportunity to honor the soliders who came before us to build our nation into the wonderful place it is, as well as the members of our military who are currently working hard to protect the freedoms we cherish so dearly,”  Shelly Hess, managing editor of the Alabamian, said.
This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Alabamian has printed a veterans’ tribute section.  All the photos that have been submitted in the past will be run again.  Those who submitted photos in the past are welcome to trade the photo out for a new photo.  Also, those who have submitted active duty military members are asked to update their information, if possible.
“We really need those who have family members who are active duty military and have submitted their loved ones’ photos to us for our past tribute sections to update their loved one’s information.  We want to make sure we are presenting the most accurate information possible,”  Hess said.
That information can be updated by calling (205) 486-9461 or sending an email to
Photos and information can be submitted numerous ways.  The photos can be brought by the Alabamian, located on Highway 195 in Haleyville, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
“Our staff will be happy to scan the photos and return them to you when you bring them by,”  Hess said.
Photos and information can also be mailed to:

Northwest Alabamian
Attn:  Veterans Salute
P.O. Box 430
Haleyville, AL. 35565

“Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so we can return your photo to you,”  Hess said.
Photos and information can also be emailed to:

The deadline to submit photos and information for this special section will be Friday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m.
Advertisers who are interested in being a part of this historic edition are urged to contact Alabamian Advertising Director Melica Allen at (205) 486-9461 or by email
“We have been humbled over how this section grows each year, and we look forward to seeing it grow even larger this year,”  Hess said. 

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