Ready to show your appreciation for veterans this month? There are a slew of events scheduled in communities throughout the area to mark Veterans Day.
Annual Veterans Day event at Lakewood Baptist Church
One of the more traditional local events is the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7’s Veterans Day ceremony, which is set for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11.
The ceremony will take place at Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville and involves somber wreath layings recognizing war veterans.
Capt. Barry Joe Carter, who is retired from the Navy and is a Riverside Military Academy instructor, will be the featured speaker. The Chestatee High School band in northwest Hall County and Oakwood-based Maranatha Christian Academy’s chorus are scheduled to perform.
Rock Creek Veterans Park ceremony planned
Rock Creek Vietnam Veterans is sponsoring a ceremony at Rock Creek Veterans Park at 223 Northside Drive, Gainesville.
The event, taking place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, will feature Joel Williams of WCON radio station in Cornelia. The event will feature music and other speakers.
Veterans Appreciation Day Festival set in Dahlonega
The United States Army Rangers are sponsoring a charity fundraising event Saturday, Nov. 9 in Dahlonega. The event begins with a 5K and 10K Run for Rangers at 8 a.m. in Hancock Park. Early registration is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K and may be completed on the festival’s website. Participants can also register the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. The races will be followed by a parade through downtown at 11 a.m., which will in turn be followed by a country music festival in Hancock Park. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will include a play area for kids as well as food, beverage, and vendor tents from local businesses. All veterans will be granted free admission and others are asked to make a $10 donation.
University of North Georgia to host several events honoring veterans
The University of North Georgia will honor veterans living and deceased as well as service members killed in action on Nov. 11 as part of the national roll call.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the student center on the Gainesville Campus. The names read are those submitted by UNG students and faculty as well as those of Georgia service members killed in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Small American flags will be provided, on which people can choose to write the names of veterans in their families to be placed at the event. Donations for UNG Gainesville’s food pantry are requested.
The University’s corps of cadets will also send a battalion and the color guard to the Lumpkin County Veterans Day Parade, set for 11 a.m. on Nov. 9 in Dahlonega, and will also send the corps to Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville on Nov. 11.
The Student Veterans Association will be hosting a spirit night at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Dahlonega on Nov. 14, for which they will receive 10% of all proceeds. The SVA will also have an information table available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 on the Dahlonega campus’ Hoag Patio.
UNG’s Patriot Choir has been invited to present a patriotic program for a gathering of veterans at Woodmont Golf and Country Club in Canton. The event will be held on Nov. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Road Atlanta to host Veterans Day Historics Race
The Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton will host the 2019 Veterans Day Historics Race from Nov. 9-10. Veterans will be recognized at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday during the lunch hour and a period of silence will be observed during lunch on Sunday to allow for personal reflection and remembrance.
City of Lula to host Veterans Day celebration
The City of Lula will host a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held at Lula Veterans Park and will feature a guest speaker, local entertainment, and a chance to meet and thank local veterans. The event is free to everyone, handicap-accessible and pet-friendly.
The Victory Vertical Project
The Victory Vertical Project will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 17 at First Presbyterian Church from 4-5:30 p.m. as part of the church’s Fine Arts Series. The presentation uses multi-media to tell the little-known story of pianos that were built for the military during World War II by the Steinway Company. Garik Pedersen, a concert pianist and Steinway artist, will be performing music by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and many others to help showcase the power of music and to honor the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Adult tickets will be sold at the door for $15 and student tickets are free.
Reporter Jeff Gill contributed.