Although only in its fourth year, the Paul W. Bryant High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) program is making a name for itself.
The program has been designated as a Naval Honor School by the Marine Corps Reserve Association. The honor means Bryant’s MCJROTC program ranks in the top 20 percent in the country, and is one of the top 10 programs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas.
Tuscaloosa’s third annual Alabama Veteran’s Reunion will take place from Friday, August 26 through Saturday, August 27.
On Friday, a public forum for MyVA Community will be held at the River Market from 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception until 8 p.m. The Veterans Appreciation Festival and Dinner will be held on Saturday. The festival will take place at the Tuscaloosa VA grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The formal dinner will take place at the NorthRiver Yacht Club starting at 5 p.m.
American Legion Post 34 Commander Nicolas Britto presented the American Legion Scholastic Medal to Bryant High School to Marine Corps JROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant Raykenia Bowers during the recent 2016 annual awards ceremony held at Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa.
A Memorial Day service to honor military veterans is planned for Monday, May 30 at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park. The hour-long program, which begins at 9 a.m., is free and open to the public.
Glen Graves, Executive Board Member, American Legion, Post 34, presents Army JROTC Cadet Mills Harrison, 17, with a Certificate of Appreciation. Harrison took first place in the American Legion Post 34 Oratorical Contest by defeating four other candidates. Harrison is a junior at Hillcrest High School. He will be attending Boys State this summer at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Medal of Honor Recipient Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, U.S. Army, retired, will be attending the Annual Awards Ceremony at Central High School on Thursday, May 5 starting at 9 a.m. Command Sergeant Major Adkins will be presenting the American Legion Medals for Academic Excellence and Military Excellence to Army Junior ROTC cadets at Central High School.
The American Legion McCray-Moody, Post 34 in Tuscaloosa, is sponsoring CSM Adkins’ visit.
On Saturday, April 7, the George Wood Chapter of the Alabama Wildflower Society is holding its 39th annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, in the Kentuck Center courtyard in downtown Northport. The sale features primarily native plants indigenous to the southeastern U.S. but also includes some non-invasive “passalong” plants that are well-adapted to our area.