Courtland honors veterans with banners

Banners honoring veterans of Lawrence County were placed all over downtown Courtland for Independence Day. The banners will remain on display until after Veterans Day.

Banners honoring Lawrence County veterans could be seen going up around downtown Courtland this week as the city prepared for the July 4th weekend.

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

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

CCRC Communications Director Lisa Pace said an additional 15 banners were added to the original order taken up earlier this year, which makes a total of 40 banners flying around downtown Courtland.

Courtland Mayor Clarence Logston and the Courtland City Council arranged for the banners to be displayed downtown from now until after Veterans Day in November, Pace said. 

Utility workers Jimmy LASTNAME and Mark LASTNAME finished installing the banners on Monday.

“In the recent additions, a banner of J.B. Cottingham was placed,” Pace said. 

Cottingham served in the Korean War and fought in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill, which served as inspiration for a book by U.S. military historian S.L.A. Marshall and later the film of the same name starring Gregory Peck.

“The banners honored veterans from all wars,” Pace added. “I spent a lot of my time dedicated to honoring our veterans and telling their stories. I am thrilled when we get to pay homage by honoring those who have served to protect our freedom.”

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

“Please drive by on this Independence Day, and take a minute of your time to see the men and women of our community who have sacrificed for our freedom,” said Pace.

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

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

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