by Millie Barber, President Mt. Cheaha Chapter - V.O.C.A.L.
Thank you everyone who showed up for our Candle Light! It kick off with Foster Marshall from the DA's office was our emcee, prayer at the beginning was by RevRoland Brown, Judge Alice Martin sang (beautifully) the Nation Anthem, Sheriff Larry Amerson introduced AG Luther Strange who talked about VOCAL and understanding our plight. After that I made some additional comments at Mt Cheaha VOCAL and thanked everyone. During that time Scott Manners Criminal Justice students passed out the candles and helped us light them. Matthew Wade play Amazing Grace and Taps on bagpipes (went straight to my soul) and Rev Fred Durante closed us in pray.
Afterwards MANY victims got to meet AG Luther Strange and we were all so impressed how genuinely empathetic he is as he listened to everyone's stories. Also couldn't have have this day with DA Brian McViegh, Debbie Michelson, Chris Hughes, Kevin Thrasher. Also Steven Folks from Anniston PARD. Solutia kindly purchased our candles, Joyce and Tristen at Lackey Inc assembled them as well as a lot of behind the scenes admin work also. Thank you to our VP Carrie Leland for coming from St Clair county, she will take over publicity duties soon much to everyone's relief and she's award winning too, bonus! And Misty, Crystal and Russ for all you do to keep the page up and running. Now knowing me, not meaning to but who ever I left off, I'm sorry and will make it soon.