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Northeast Georgia abundant with Veterans Day events

POSTED: November 8, 2013 10:56 p.m.

If you want to honor veterans on their holiday, your choices in Northeast Georgia are plentiful.

Many local organizations have events like patriotic services and historical exhibits planned Monday and the days surrounding the holiday.

The American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7 is holding its annual Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville. Dave Dellinger, senior vice commander, said the legion has been holding the event for the past 20 to 30 years, and it is something to which he always looks forward.

The ceremony usually lasts about an hour and will include patriotic performances from the Chestatee High School Band and students from Maranatha Christian Academy, as well as a 21-gun salute and taps presented by the Hall County Sheriff’s Department and Color Guard. Guest speaker, Retired Marine Corp. Lt. Col. Scott Ballard, will address the attendees.

Dellinger said many veterans groups from around town will lay a wreath on stage during the program. The event is free and open to the public, and Dellinger said he is hoping for another year of high attendance.

“We usually have a good turnout. The place is pretty full,” he said. “We would love for all veterans to attend,” he added.

A military review is also being held on Monday at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus, taking place on the Gen. William “Lipp” Livsey Drill Field. 

An alumnus and military graduate of UNG, the retired Maj. Gen. William H. Johnson, will be the guest speaker.

Included in the celebration will be a performance of the national anthem by the Patriot Choir, a drill exhibition by the Blue Ridge Rifles Precision Drill Team and a musical presentation by the Golden Eagle Band.

In addition to the military review, UNG is also participating in the National Remembrance Roll Call, in which a moment of silence will be taken at 11 a.m. Names of current and former service members will be read out during the day.

On Tuesday, WomenSource is presenting a free screening of the documentary, “Service: When Women Come Marching Home,” at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. The documentary explores the stories of war from the perspective of female soldiers.

A panel discussion and question-and-answer session with four female veterans, Bridgette McCoy, Amy Stevens, Didil Ucherkemur and Tonya Butler-Collins, will follow the screening. Reservations must be in by noon Monday, as space is limited.

The Northeast Georgia History Center is hosting an array of events throughout the week, starting with Family Day, “Honoring Our Military Heroes,” on Sunday. 

The free event will include a presentation of the colors by Riverside Military Academy Color Guard, performances of the national anthem by Aaron Phillips, patriotic music by Tadmore Elementary Honor Chorus and music of the 1940s and 1950s by Midnight Blue, a musical duo. Veterans, active-duty and reserve-duty military personnel also will be recognized. 

Additionally, patriotic crafts, exhibits and hands-on activities will be offered. 

The history center is also hosting a forum on Tuesday in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War earlier this year. 

A panel of veterans from the Korean War will reflect on their experiences and memories, as well as share how the nation has been influenced as a result. Admission is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.

Veterans will be celebrated all week long with exhibits at the history center. Military artifacts and memorabilia from archives and private collections will be on display along with an exhibit “Here and Over There: Georgia and Georgians During World War II.” Area veterans will be on site to answer questions. 

Also going on this weekend, beginning today, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest will be waiving fees at the majority of their day-use recreations sites in observance of the holiday.



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