Hoyt Williams To Speak At Trion Veterans Day Program

Hoyt Williams, 96, will give this year’s keynote address at the Town of Trion’s Veterans Day Program at 1 p.m. Saturday at 210 Simmons Street.
Williams is a World War II veteran. He served as an Engineering Specialist in the 465th Engineer Depot Company in the United States Army. He entered Normandy, France just days after D-Day. His unit’s objective was to provide heavy equipment and supplies for the troops located just miles from the front line.
Williams was also a grocery store owner, a Trion council member, mayor and now works at Walmart. He’s been working with Walmart for almost 25 years.
The program will be led by Probate Judge Jon Payne and Mayor Larry Stansell will give the welcoming speech.
The Greater Rome Georgia Young Marines will present the colors and raise the flags. Following that, Trion Harvest Worship Center pastor Phillip Minter will give a prayer and Charlie Long will lead the National Anthem.
Navy Petty Officer Third Class Levi Thomas will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and ring a bell in honor of veterans.
Tree Board Chairman Gary Kennedy will have a memorial tree marker dedication and Councilwoman Becky McWhorter Wright will give the presentation of memorial paver markers.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Kevin McNeese will talk about veteran affairs and Trion Police Chief David Gilliland will give the closing acknowledgments.

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