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A Salute to Our Alabama Military History

This past weekend Jay and I visited The Grand Hotel for about the umpteenth time, but experienced something new that we didn’t know was happening right here in our backyard. We spent a wonderful weekend celebrating our birthdays, and ended up walking around the grounds of the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL.  We sat down in a swing to enjoy the view and the gorgeous weather, when a small troop of actors marched across the lawn toward us. We were in store for a very touching and educational salute to our Alabama military.

A Salute to Our Military

Salute to Alabama Military

As it turns out, the Grand honors all military on a daily basis. At 4:00, there is a short ceremony that starts in the lobby and ends up out on the lawn with the firing of a civil war replica cannon.

Civil War Cannon Replica

There is a 15 minute history of how the hotel has been instrumental in Alabama’s military presence in both the Civil War and World War II. The Grand Hotel was used as a hospital during the Civil War and for training of our military in WWII.

Cannon ball bags

The small rounds of ammunition are wrapped in aluminum foil for safety and stored in these bags between firings. Any military in the audience is recognized and then a countdown is started before the cannon is fired.

The Firing of the Cannon

It was a very moving experience and one I strongly encourage any visitors to the area to add to their travel agenda.  The young man who does the presentation exudes patriotism and helps preserve the heritage of our southern military history. If you are planning a stay at the Grand, be sure to be on the grounds at least one day at 4:00. It is well worth the time to see it.

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Kim Burdette

Kim Burdette


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    February 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Kim! sounds like such a special weekend! I remember reading about this on LA’s blog a few years ago, it’s so important to remember our history, from Both sides~ Kudos to the Grand Hotel for this important daily ritual

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