Tree of Honor kicks off Fourth of July festivities

 

July 2, 2021

Charity Smith/Daily Globe

Lyyle Jiongo and her son Chris of Huston, Texas, review the names of the veterans listed on placques displayed by the Tree of Honor, just prior to the ceremony. Lyyle said she and her late husband were born and raised in Bessemer, so she likes to come back periodically for the Fourth of July festivities and to see Marty's Goldenaires. She said she recognized a lot of the names on the lists and went to school with some of them. "I just look at them and see who I know and who I don't know," she said.

By CHARITY SMITH

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BESSEMER - The city of Bessemer paid homage to area veterans with its annual Tree of Honor ceremony on Wednesday evening.

Each year, the Fourth of July committee holds the event to pay tribute to area veterans by having their names read during the ceremony and placed on a plaque by the Tree of Honor, a spruce tree, which is located in a small park on Sophie Street. The tree was lit up with small red, white and blue lights during the ceremony. The display includes signs that date back to the first ceremony.

"We're just so thrilled to see so many o...



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