THE CITY OF OPELIKA
The city of Opelika invites the public to join us on Thursday, Nov.11 as we host a Veterans Day Celebration and pause to say thank you to our veterans.
“We are honored to spend the morning with our veterans, first with breakfast and then by celebrating their bravery and sacrifice,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.
The morning begins with a breakfast at 9 a.m. for veterans and their families at Opelika Public Library located at 1100 Glenn St. The breakfast is free for veterans and their families.
At 10 a.m., the Veterans Day Celebration will also take place at Opelika Public Library, with Major General Sylvester Cannon as the guest speaker. The event will also showcase the Opelika High School Choir.
Cannon is the Commanding General of the 167th Theater Sustainment Command headquartered at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He is a resident of Opelika, Alabama, and grew up in rural Lee County, graduating from Beauregard High School in 1979.
Cannon was commissioned as a military police officer from the Alabama Military Academy — Officer Candidate School. He has commanded at all levels with multiple combat deployments.
Cannon’s previous assignments include Deputy Adjutant General for the Alabama National Guard; Commanding General of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command; Deputy Commanding General of the National Guard-Combined Arms Support Command; and Brigade Commander of the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
Cannon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at The University of Alabama, a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management at Troy State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.