Veterans honored with banners

Banners honoring Lawrence County veterans could be seen going up around downtown Moulton last week as the city prepared for Memorial Day weekend.

Lawrence County History and Preservation Society President Ann Britnell said about 170 veterans banners will remain on display in Moulton from now until Christmas decorations go up in November.

“This way they will be up from Memorial Day through Veterans Day,” she said.

The Preservation Society spearheaded the banner project last year after LCHPS member Joyce Cole saw similar banners on display honoring veterans in Double Springs. 

The 24-by-36-inch banners display a portrait of an honored veteran, whether alive or deceased, their name and branch of service. 

Britnell said 130 orders were taken and filled by Ink & Thread, a printing company in Moulton, last year. Moulton residents ordered about 40 more banners to honor their heroes this year.

“No more orders for Moulton will be taken,” she added. 

She said orders have been limited due to the number of available utility poles the city has for displaying decorations.

She said a lack of manpower to assist in hanging the veterans banners has also contributed to the order limit.

“Collis Pointer hung all the banners for the City of Moulton,” she said. “He does a great job, and he has been out in this heat.”

Courtland followed Moulton’s lead in honoring local service men and women. 

The Courtland Community Revitalization Committee partnered with LCHPS and Ink & Thread to bring the banners to its downtown square in time for the second annual Wings Over Courtland event that took place in April. 

CCRC member Lisa Pace said the town has space for 20 additional banners and will take up orders until May 31. 

“Please take your money and your pictures to Ink & Thread on Court Street in Moulton,” Pace said.

The cost of each banner is $120.

Britnell said the Preservation Society would like to see the banners catch on in Town Creek and other Lawrence County communities as well. 

To order a banner to be displayed in Courtland, call Lisa Pace at 256-366-6796, or email lisapace71@gmail.com.

For more information about the Lawrence County History and Preservation Society, visit https://lchps18.wixsite.com/mysite, or visit the LCHPS Facebook page.

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