The City of Enterprise held its annual Veterans Tribute Program on Nov. 7 at the Enterprise Civic Center.

After the invocation, the Enterprise High School JROTC participated in the posting of the colors, which was followed by a performance of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” by the EHS Choir, Christina Haken, J’Myah Deemer and Addison Lett.

The EHS JROTC and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9 performed the POW-MIA recognition ceremony to honor those who served and never came home.

The guest speaker for the event was U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College Commandment Col. Ross Nelson.

Following his speech, the Veterans of The Year nominees were honored.

The nominees this year were John Cappadoro, Jim McDonough, Eric McLean, Scott Pittman and Steve Resteivo.

Maj. (Ret.) Conrad Stempel received the Veteran of The Year Award.

Stempel served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1983. He served as commander in the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 64th Armor and the 2nd Armored Division’s 1st Battalion, 66th Armor.

The Active Duty Service Member of the Year CW5 Russell Smith was also honored.

Smith has servingin the military since 1977 and has served as 6th Command Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Army Reserve as well as the U.S. Army Reserve Deputy Commandant at the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College at Fort Rucker.

Sam Baker accepted the award on his behalf.

Dignitaries formed a commencement line to congratulate the nominees and the winners of the awards.

The event ended in a salute to all those who have served, past and present, while “Taps” was played.

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