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Posted on: October 25, 2021

CITY OF OPELIKA TO HOST VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021 AT OPELIKA LIBRARY

Major Genreal Sylvester Cannon

The City of Opelika invites the public to join us on Thursday, November 11 as we host a Veterans Day Celebration and pause to say thank you to our veterans.  

“We are honored to spend the morning with our veterans, first with breakfast and then by celebrating their bravery and sacrifice,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.

The morning begins with a breakfast at 9 a.m. for veterans and their families at Opelika Public Library, 1100 Glenn Street. The breakfast is FREE for veterans and their families. At 10 a.m., the Veterans Day Celebration will also take place at Opelika Public Library, with Major General Sylvester Cannon as the guest speaker. The event will also showcase the Opelika High School Choir.

Major General Sylvester Cannon is the Commanding General of the 167th Theater Sustainment Command headquartered at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He is a resident of Opelika, Alabama and grew up in rural Lee County, graduating from Beauregard High School in 1979. He was commissioned as a Military Police Officer from the Alabama Military Academy – Officer Candidate School. He has commanded at all levels with multiple combat deployments.   

Major General Cannon’s previous assignments include Deputy Adjutant General for the Alabama National Guard; Commanding General of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command; Deputy Commanding General of the National Guard-Combined Arms Support Command; and Brigade Commander of the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at The University of Alabama, a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management at Troy State University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Immediately following the program, the Museum of East Alabama, located at 121 South 9th Street in downtown Opelika, will host a special reception to honor all Veterans.

Other Veterans Day Week News:

All city offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11 including the Opelika Public Library. The Opelika SportsPlex will be open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Garbage Schedules for the week: Because Veterans Day falls on a Thursday, your GARBAGE AND RECYCLING routes scheduled for that day will be picked up on Friday. 

For more information, please contact Leigh Krehling, Community Relations Officer at [email protected] or 334.705.5136.

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