It was a time of remembrance on the steps of the Lauderdale County Court house Monday morning. As part of this ceremony 1st Lieutenant Thomas Clay Carer, Jr. was post-humously awarded the purple heart.
Lt. Carter's great nephew Carter Fowlkes says, "We are simply honored to be here, that uncle T.C. would be honored almost a hundred years after he died is a true honor for our family."
Carter's family members were on hand to receive the honor he earned so many years ago, and they want to share it with the residents of Lauderdale County.
Fowlkes says, "With all the effort put forth to secure this purple heart award in the first place told me early on that the thing to do was donate it back to the archives here so it can be on permanent display."
Lauderdale County's, Archives and History record manager Ward Calhoun Jr. says he is honored by the gift from the Carter family. For each service member who's name appears on the wall from Lauderdale County who gave the ultimate sacrifice, they were honored and remembered. To quote a poem written in 1915 by Moina Michael, We cherish too, the poppy red that grows on fields where valor led, it seems to signal to the skies that blood of heroes never dies.