Local Hero Honored

Col. William Wood of Bay County is the highest ranking officer to lose his life in the war in Iraq.

Wood was killed on October 27, but he is still in the hearts and minds of his friends and family this holiday season.

A clear and sunny Tuesday morning made for a very positive and proud atmosphere as the Panama City Garden Club hosted a memorial for the late Colonel William Wood.

The U.S. Army promoted Wood posthumously to the rank of Colonel in honor of his commitment to his country.

Now there is another special tribute to this local hero. Former friends and classmates of Colonel Wood presented the principal of Rutherford High School, Wood's alma mater, with a special plaque. They are creating a perpetual scholarship in Col. Wood's name.

An American flag previously flown over the capitol was also displayed. Following the reception, the crowd made its way outside to a memorial wall, engraved with the names of local soldiers killed in action. Wood's was the second name under the newest section of the memorial, "Iraqi War.”

Col. Wood's death definitely touched a lot of people in our area. A local quilting guild even presented a special quilt to Wood's family. It was created in his memory.