By Ginger Jarvis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Military officers, state officials, local dignitaries, and area residents will gather at the Madison County Courthouse on Saturday, February 5, for the signing of a military covenant among the military, the state, and the City of Madison. Governor Rick Scott is expected to participate in the 11 a.m. ceremony in the courtroom; if he is unable to attend, Lt.-Governor Jennifer Carroll will represent the state.
Prior to the ceremony, city residents and others who wish will sign a guest book showing their support of programs to assist service members as they return to the community. Participating groups will include the Boys Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and veterans’ organizations as well as members of Madison’s Board of Commissioners.
The covenant is not a contract for services; rather, it is an agreement that the community will work with military officials to support veterans and assist them in a variety of which may include education, employment, counseling, housing, and medical issues. With the signing, Madison will join over 600 other American communities in actively supporting veterans and their families. The covenant will recognize Madison as the City of Four Freedoms and will state that the city is committed to “building partnerships that support the strength, resilience, and readiness of service members, veterans, and their families.”
The public is invited to attend and participate in this notable, occasion.