As we approach Memorial Day, I thought it might be nice to quickly remind you all about our beautiful monument in the front of City Hall. The Opelika Veterans Memorial Monument was placed in the front of City Hall on February 16, 2004 as a visible reminder of those men and women who sacrificed their lives for you and me. There is significance in the design of the monument.
The base of the monument is in the shape of a star, with five points, representing each branch of the U. S. Military -- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines & Coast Guard. Each branch’s flag flies at one point of the star.
The walking path around the monument includes 50 blocks – one for each state in the Union. Each state’s block is placed in the exact order in which the state was admitted into the Union.
The height of the monument is exactly 13 feet, representing the thirteen original colonies. And, the area surrounding the monument is a diameter of 22 feet, representing Alabama as the 22nd State to the Union.
I’d like to invite you to visit City Hall and view the monument if you haven’t already done so. It’s beautifully designed and a great way to remember those who served our great country.
Also, please come by our Memorial Day Services on May 28 at 10 a.m. at City Hall and help us honor those who have fallen fighting for our country