The Freeport Veterans Memorial Committee has completed a year of fundraising and is now pleased to announce the unveiling of The Fallen Soldier Monument at the annual Veterans Day ceremonies being held this year at 2 p.m. Nov. 12.

A tremendous amount of work has gone into making this year’s ceremony one that will leave a lasting impression on all who witness it. The keynote speaker for the day will be Jerry Hatcher, captain US Navy, retired who grew up in Freeport before joining the Navy in 1951 and going on to have a very decorated military career. His last assignment was commander of NAS Whiting Field in Milton.

Numerous other participants will take part in the ceremonies, including the Walton High School Air Force Jr. ROTC and the Walton County Sheriff Honor Guard.

The Fallen Soldier monument will be unveiled by Glenda Penton of DeFuniak Springs, who lost her son Tim in Afghanistan in 2007, assisted by Charles Knight, lifelong Freeport resident and Purple Heart recipient.

The Veterans Committee extends an invitation to everyone to come to Freeport and share in this tribute. The Freeport Veterans Memorial is located on State Highway 20 West on the grounds of Freeport City Hall. For more information contact committee chair Tim Ard at 585-3304.