BIRMINGHAM - AL — Flags across the nation will be flying at half staff Monday. The governor has ordered all state agencies to lower them on Memorial Day. It's just one way the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and women will be honored.Over the weekend, volunteers placed flags on the nearly three thousand grave sites at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. A ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Monday. Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Congressman Spencer Bachus will deliver remarks. Also at 9 a.m. Monday, all veterans who risked their lives for our freedom will be honored at the annual Memorial Day program in Tuscaloosa. It takes place at Veterans Memorial Park. There's an Honor Roll of Veterans wall with more than three thousand names recognizing the service of Alabama veterans.Veterans will be frying fish to raise money in Cottondale. The fish fry at the VFW post on University Boulevard East starts at noon Monday. Catfish, baked beans, coleslaw and hush puppies will be served for eight dollars a plate until the food is gone.At 11 a.m. Monday, a 21 gun salute will be part of the ceremony at Centennial Memorial Park in Anniston. It's the site of the official veteran's memorial for Alabama and has the names of every Alabamian killed from World War I through the Persian Gulf War etched into a granite wall.
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