News Staff Report
The Alabama State Parks Division (ASPD) of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced that Dave Graham, commander of American Legion Post 90 in Atmore, is the recipient of one of this year’s prestigious Eagle Awards.
Graham was included among the honorees for the planning and work behind the newly constructed Old Glory Lookout at Cheaha State Park, where ashes from retired flags are buried after the banners are burned.
“Congratulations! You have been nominated to receive an Alabama State Parks Eagle Award,” wrote Jerry Weisenfeld, advertising and marketing manager for ASPD, in an email to the local Legion commander. “The Eagle Award is presented to people and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in support of the parks. There were many excellent nominations this year, and your efforts in supporting the Alabama State Parks have earned you special recognition.”
Weisenfeld added that the new feature “will provide a patriotic and unique amenity at the park for guests to visit” and thanked Graham for his hard work and dedication. Graham was nominated by Mandy Pearson.
“Everyone in the Alabama State Parks Division understands our parks could not shine without the help of individuals and groups who help us throughout the year,” said Parks Director Greg Lein. “It’s a challenge to select the Eagle Award winners every year because we have so many people who give so much of themselves to help the parks thrive.”
The sixth annual Eagle Award winners will be recognized at the sixth annual Eagle Awards Ceremony, which will be held at Lake Guntersville State Park’s Camellia Room at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 5. Awards will be presented in five categories: Elected Official, Community Partner, Park Partner, Volunteer in Parks (VIP) and Youth (students 12th grade and younger).