A local Veterans Day Program will feature Tuscaloosa County's Probate Judge, Rob Robertson, as the keynote speaker for the event which will take place on November 11.

According to a release from the Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority, the program is in conjunction with PARA's Veteran's Memorial Park Association, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and the University of Alabama's Office of Veterans and Military Affairs.

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The program will take place at 10 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, located at 1701 McFarland Boulevard. In the event of rain, the release states the event will be moved to the Magnolia Shelter, located a block south from the park, on 10th Avenue East.

According to the release, Robertson, who was sworn in as Tuscaloosa County's 16th Probate Judge, was enlisted as a U.S. Marine and was attached to the HQ Battery, 4/14 Marines in Bessemer, AL, which was a field artillery unit at the time.

Robertson also served as a Fire Directional Controlman and spent most of his tenure leading a land survey team where he obtained the rank of Sergeant.

Col. Duane Lamb, chairman of the VMPA, said they are around to have Robertson serve as this year's guest speaker.

"In his fourth year of office, Judge Robertson continues to innovate and update the services of Tuscaloosa County," Lamb said in the release.

Remarks will be shared by LTC John Merkle, U.S. Army, Retired who serves as the director of the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and SGM David Blair, U. S. Army, Retired, the director of UA's Veteran and Military Affairs.

Veterans and veterans committee members, along with state and local elected officials are expected to participate in the program. The event is free and open to the public. 

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