To all who have served our country -we are forever grateful for your service. Today and every day we honor your bravery and your sacrifice. We are forever indebted to the freedoms and liberties you make possible.
For sophomore, Bailey Brophy, the story of her 104-year-old great grandfather is something that she holds dear and is proud to share on days like today. Brophy's great grandfather is a World War II Veteran.
"Veterans Day to me and my family is more than just a date on the calendar. It is a day we celebrate the men and women who have selflessly served our country. One of these men is my great grandfather, Major Wooten, who we call “Pop Pop”. Pop Pop along with three of his brothers served in World War II from 1944-1946. He landed on Utah Beach in August 1944 and was stationed in Paris, France with the 764th Railway Battalion.
Pop Pop likes to tell people he’s been an Alabama fan ever since 1938; he truly is one of the biggest Alabama fans I know. My family is so excited to celebrate his 105th birthday on December 3rd!
I’m so blessed to still have Pop Pop in my life and am beyond thankful for him and everyone else who has served our amazing country."
Major Wooten is no stranger to the public eye after he was featured on USA Today for defeating Covid-19 just in time for his 103rd birthday and again when he received a Facetime call from Alabama football coach, Nick Saban.