Veterans Day in Gadsden County

By: Christina Vitale
By: Christina Vitale

Leslie Zeigler served in the Army Air-Corp in World War II and was a former prisoner of war who survived in unimaginable conditions fighting for his country's freedom.

Zeigler said, "I thank my Lord every day that I survived. I have a family I have a country thank this memorial."

Hundreds came out to recognize all soldiers for their courage and dedication at the Veterans Memorial called "The Price of Freedom," in Havana.

John Nelson, a Vietnam veteran, said, "It took men and women to defend this country. If it hadn't been for the millions of lives lost in this country, America would not be free."

That was the theme in Havana as parishioners made their way to New St. Mary's Church to remember and honor a special veteran who recently passed away.

Reverend William Maxwell was a World War II veteran and a local minister in Havana. His wife received an American flag during the ceremony. Estella Maxwell talked about her husband.

"I just miss him so much, but I'll see him one day. He is a hero."

He’s a hero who will be sorely missed, but remembered in the community that will continue to honor him for his work at the pulpit and in Havana.

Besides being Veterans Day, it was also Maxwell Day in celebration of the life of the beloved reverend and veteran.


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