Auburn, Ala. - Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. and the Auburn Veterans Committee cordially invite you to attend the 15th Annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Breakfast on Monday, May 27th at 8 a.m. at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. This annual event is held to honor the United States Military and those soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice. Tickets for the breakfast are available at City Hall for $25 each or $250 for a table of 10. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Auburn Veterans Memorial Fund.
Norm Caldwell will be the guest of honor and the recipient of the 2013 City of Auburn Distinguished Veteran Award. Caldwell began his military career at the age of 17 while a high school senior, and entered the Navy upon graduating. His first assignment after training would lead him to Pearl Harbor where he supported combat fighters as a Navy metal smith after the attack by the Japanese. Caldwell relocated to Auburn in the mid 80’s along with his employer, the Sommer Metalcraft Corporation of Indiana. In Auburn, he became an active community leader as a board member on the Industrial Development Board. Caldwell later retired from his position, but continued his work with the City and its recruiting efforts as Chairman of the Board. Today, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce recognizes his contributions with the Norm Caldwell Industrialist of the Year Award.
This year marks the second year the Auburn Heroes Remembered Award will be presented in honor of a local distinguished veteran who has passed away. This year’s Auburn Heroes Remembered Award will honor two distinguished veterans within the same family. Lieutenant General Lewis A. Pick and Colonel Lewis A. Pick, Jr. are part of a family who has called Auburn home since 1892. The fingerprints of the Pick family’s legacy are visible throughout Auburn, and this year’s Auburn Heroes Remembered Award will also allow the community to see the family’s history of military service and sacrifice. Lieutenant General Lewis A. Pick, Sr. fought in World War I and World War II and is a Distinguished Service Medal recipient. Colonel Lewis A. Pick, Jr. fought in the Korean War in the Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division, transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers, assigned to Germany and Vietnam, and ultimately served as Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
Immediately following the breakfast, at 10 a.m., the City of Auburn will hold a memorial wreath laying ceremony at the Auburn Veterans Memorial Monument, located at the northeast corner of Ross Street and Glenn Avenue. Ceremony attendees are encouraged to park at the Douglas J. Watson Municipal Complex and Felton Little Park. During the ceremony, Ross Street will be closed from Glenn Avenue to Harper Avenue to allow for parking for the disabled.
Please join us on Monday, May 27th, as we honor the men and women who have courageously served and sacrificed for our country. For more information, please visit www.auburnalabama.org/veterans or contact the City of Auburn Economic Development Department at 501-7270.