Several South Georgia counties recognized for supporting military

Posted at 5:05 PM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 13:32:04-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - Several South Georgia counties have been recognized as some of the top "Great American Defense Community Regions" in the nation.

Lowndes, Berrien, Cook, and Lanier were all the counties selected as a region that shows the top support to military defenses.

The ADC program was created to acknowledge the overall support that communities and regions provide to service members and military families.

Communities are chosen through a competitive nomination process.

"As a Great American Defense Community, we are one of five throughout the United States for this year. And certainly it's a prestigious award, and a prestigious honor to be selected, said Nick Lacey, Co-Chair of S. Georgia Military Affairs Council. "We compete with a whole host of bigger communities throughout the United States."

Subjects vary from community building, educational and employment opportunities, to family support.

The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce will be hosting events all next week to celebrate the recognition.

It starts with a proclamation outside the courthouse in downtown Valdosta on Monday, Mar. 12.