CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Even before Veterans Day events kick off this week, Chatham County is honoring hundreds of employees to thank them for their service to our country.
At a ceremony Monday inside the Chatham County Commission meeting room, county employees from the Chatham County Sheriff's Office to public works and human resources were celebrated for the sacrifices they've made in military service.
Chatham County Manager Lee Smith says Monday's ceremony in the commission chambers is a first, and actually came about when the human resources officer was looking at possible benefits for county employees who are military veterans.
"We started looking, and we couldn't believe, over 250 of 1,500 people are veterans. And we had no idea. So we thought it important, we just didn't want to say ok, we'll go do some event on Wednesday, they needed to know that we care about this and that people appreciate the job they've done for Chatham County, and also the United States," said Smith.
All branches of the military were represented at the ceremony.
The longest serving community employee is a deputy with the Sheriff's Office, he has more than 30 years of service in the military.