Alabama Military Hall of Honor
Established on Jan. 23, 1975 by Governor George C. Wallace's executive order number 59, the Hall of Honor was created as a means to honor Alabama's military heroes and to provide a permanent and visible tribute to them. The order specified that the location was to be at Marion Military Institute (MMI) in Marion, Alabama. It was subsequently re-established by executive order number 42, dated May 2, 1991, as amended on May 24, 1991.
In order to provide an appropriate location and a suitable facility for the Hall of Honor, MMI provided the use of their "old City Hall building" located on campus. The state of Alabama provided funds to remodel the building.
Inductees are honored with a 20" x 30" bronze bas-relief plaque and other personal items. The museum also displays a variety of associated memorabilia including weapons, uniforms and pictures.
After the induction in April 1977, the Hall of Honor was inactive, mainly due to participation and funding. During that period, renovation of the building was finished. On April 7, 1989, the Alabama Military Hall of Honor museum was re-dedicated in ceremonies which featured Mr. Robin Swift, state Director of Finance, representing Governor Guy Hunt.
The nomination, selection, and induction process once again became inactive after the 1990 induction until 1999 due to participation and lack of funds. A budget has been developed and efforts are underway to obtain funding from the Alabama Legislature. Plans are also being discussed for enlarging the museum facility.
A "Friends" organization has been established whose purpose is to assist the Alabama Military Hall of Honor in fundraising and other efforts to recognize and honor outstanding Alabamians who have distinguished themselves in the Armed Forces of the United States. As such, it will serve as a constant testimony to present and future generations that patriotism and heroism are not forgotten, but ever serve as a challenge for those who are yet to come.
Click here to view a video, featuring Colonel John K. Gibler, USA (Ret), on the Alabama Military Hall of Honor by Al Benn from The Montgomery Advertiser.