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7 ways to observe, celebrate Veterans Day
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A wreath stands next to a pew as the Hall County Color Guard posts the colors at the start of the Veterans Day event at Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville, on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

Area residents can attend both ceremonies and celebrations honoring veterans over the next couple of week.

Here’s a look at events taking place through the area:

Gainesville holds first veterans appreciation event

The Gainesville's first-ever Veterans Appreciation Festival is set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. in Roosevelt Square, near the downtown square.

The free event, sponsored by the city and veterans groups, will feature patriotic music, a concert by the Believers Band, vendors, face painting, bouncy house and booths.

Attendees also can buy food and drinks from Sherry's Bait and Barbeque, Atlas Pizza and Kona Ice.

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, held every Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., the customary time that Veterans Day is officially observed.

The ceremony will take place at Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, which involves somber wreath layings recognizing war veterans.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, 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

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 772 is sponsoring a ceremony at Rock Creek Veterans Park at 223 Northside Drive, Gainesville.

The event, taking place at 9 a.m. Nov. 12, will feature retired Marine Lt. Col. Pat Zaudtke.

The park features war memorials, benches and walkways dotting its landscape. It also features an amphitheater and has served as the site for veterans ceremonies.

Veterans Appreciation Weekend set in Dahlonega

The 2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Weekend Festival is set for Nov. 10-11 in Dahlonega.

The event features foot and bicycle races, including the Run for Rangers, and a music festival, as well as activities for kids. A golf tournament that had been planned is now postponed until April 2019.

The 64-mile bicycle Ride for Rangers has a $40 registration fee. A $10 donation is requested for park activities, including a kids play area and vendors, set for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Hancock Park off Hawkins Street.

Proceeds from events requiring a fee will go to veterans and their families. All events are free for veterans.

The event also will feature a parade, taking place at 10 a.m. Nov. 10. The music festival is set for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. that day.

UNG planning roll call, Veteran Day observances

University of North Georgia is planning to observe Veterans Day in three events.

The school will participate in the National Roll Call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Gainesville campus.

The event, taking place on the patio in front of the Student Center, will involve students, faculty and staff reciting the names of service members from Georgia killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Also, UNG's Corps of Cadets are set to hold Veterans Day ceremonies at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 in Memorial Hall Gym at the Dahlonega campus and at the Lumpkin County Veterans Day parade at 11 a.m. Nov. 10.

The school’s Golden Eagle Band will perform at the Dahlonega campus observance.

Gainesville Veterans Appreciation Festival

When: noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

Where: Roosevelt Square, near the downtown square

Cost: free

More info: Tom Reesman,, 678-943-6108

American Legion Post 7 Veterans Day ceremony

When: 11 a.m. Nov. 12

Where: Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Cost: free

More info: Dave Dellinger, 770-718-7676

Rock Creek Veterans Park ceremony

When: 9 a.m. Nov. 12

Where: Rock Creek Veterans Park, 223 Northside Drive, Gainesville

Cost: free

More info: Dave Dellinger, 770-718-7676

2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Weekend Festival

When: Nov. 10-11

Where: Dahlonega

Cost: Ride for Rangers, $40 registration fee; park activities, $10 donation

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University of North Georgia, National Roll Call

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12

Where: Gainesville campus.

Cost: free

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University of North Georgia, Veterans Day ceremony

When: 3 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: Memorial Hall Gym, Dahlonega campus

Cost: free

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Lumpkin County Veterans Day parade

When: 11 a.m. Nov. 10

Where: Lumpkin County

Cost: free

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