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Local events to honor veterans

POSTED: November 8, 2012 11:30 p.m.

Veterans Day is Sunday, and several events are happening locally to honor those who have served.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., the Vietnam Veterans of America will lay a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans monument at Rock Creek Veterans Park in Gainesville, then at the new Korean War monument there.

The veterans will meet again at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 7, where author Margaret Brown will sign and speak about her Vietnam War book, “That Time, That Place, That War.”

“Basically, the book is the words of soldiers that were actually on the ground,” said Dave Dellinger, commander of the legion.

For a more child-friendly activity to honor veterans, the Northeast Georgia History Center is sponsoring Family Day 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

“The whole event is to introduce and have children be aware of Veterans Day,” said Patricia Major, a volunteer for the center.

A presentation of the colors at 1:30 p.m. will be followed by the national anthem. Veterans will be recognized at 2:30 p.m. There will be a patriotic scavenger hunt shortly after.

“Kids love the scavenger hunt, they really come for that,” Major said.

Other activities for children will include making “liberty necklaces” with poppy flowers.

And Sunday evening, the North Georgia College & State University band will play in the Lumpkin County High School gymnasium. The band will play music from both its 2012-2013 program, a repertoire of space-themed pieces, along with patriotic-themed tunes. The program starts at 7 p.m.

On Monday, Post 7 will sponsor its annual presentation at Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville. The program will feature music by the Chestatee High School Band and Maranatha Christian Chorus, and the Riverside Military Academy will post and retire the colors.

Vietnam veteran Donald G. Landrum of Gainesville will speak.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and will last about an hour.

Also on Monday, in remembrance of the most recent wars, Gainesville State College faculty, staff, students and volunteers will read the names of the 6,600-plus casualties of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The reading will begin at 7:40 a.m. on the Student Center Patio and will continue until each of the names has been read.

“It’s in the center of campus, so when students are going between classes, they can listen,” said Alicia Caudill, dean of students.

It will take approximately eight hours to read the names in chronological order.

The school also is hosting two remembrance ceremonies, the first at noon and the second as part of a nationwide minute of silence at 2 p.m.

“This year we have a lot of our veteran students involved,” Caudill said. “They will be reading names. They will be available on campus handing out flags, and they will read the introduction to the minute of silence.”


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