FEDERATION DEDICATES WALL HONORING SERVICE TO AGRICULTURE RECIPIENTS
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 29, 2013 --- A permanent display honoring a group of Alabama leaders for their service to agriculture was dedicated Tuesday evening at the Alabama Farmers Federation headquarters.
|Former Lt. Gov. George McMillan Jr., left, and Dr. John Jensen, former dean of the Auburn University College of Agriculture, were among the inductees who attended the ceremony dedicating the Service to Agriculture wall. The wall is located in the Alabama Farmers Federation home office in Montgomery.|
A wall displaying etched portraits of the Federation's Service to Agriculture award winners was dedicated during a reception attended by several honorees and family members. Recipients of the award are honored during the organization's annual meeting each year; however, there was no lasting exhibit until now.
"The Service to Agriculture Award is the highest honor given by the Federation," said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. "The dedication of this wall recognizes each of the recipients in a permanent manner. The men and women honored here made lasting, significant contributions to Alabama agriculture, and it's appropriate we remind ourselves now, and for years to come, of their efforts."
Honorees include Gov. George Wallace, who received the inaugural award in 1965 and again in 1986, and other state leaders and U.S. senators and representatives. Educational and civic leaders, as well as former leaders from the Federation, also are members of the prestigious group.
Former Lt. Gov. George McMillan Jr., who received the Service to Agriculture Award in 1980, attended Tuesday’s ceremony. He said he was flattered when he received the award more than two decades ago, and was humbled again to be remembered in a permanent way.
“It’s very touching,” McMillan said. “To be honored by being included with this distinguished group of people the Alabama Farmers Federation has chosen to recognize is something that is very special to me.”
Click here to view a list of recipients.