Annual Veterans Recognition Breakfast will be held Tuesday

Published 1:09 pm Monday, November 8, 2021

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The City of Selma and Dallas County will have several events revolving around Veteran’s Day holiday this week. Thursday is Veteran’s Day.

The annual Michael D. Johnson Foundation will have its annual Veterans Recognition Breakfast on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at Arts Revive Carneal Building.

The breakfast from the MJ 93-90 Foundation is a tribute to Johnson’s father, Sam Johnson, a retired U.S. Marine and Purple Heart recipient. Sam Johnson also served in the Vietnam War.

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Johnson, a former Dallas County High School and NFL standout, has always honored the military veterans. Johnson often visited Veterans hospitals, participated in veterans’ activities and donated to veterans’ families.

Last year’s event was held as a drive-at the parking lot of the Selma-YMCA because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Four years ago, Major General Sheryl Gordon of the Alabama National Guard was the guest speaker at the event. Gordon is a Selma native who attended Selma High School and became the first woman to earn the highest rank in the Alabama National Guard.

United States Air Force Lt. Col. Steve Ruiz, currently a AFJROTC Instructor at Southside High School, spoke at the 2018 event. Ruiz’s stops included Maxwell Air Force Base down the road in Montgomery and Andrews AFB in Maryland.

In the other event, the Salvation Army-Selma Service Center will have a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at noon on 524 Broad Street.

Laura Donovan was hired during the summer as the new Service Center Manager.