Salute to Veterans
Veterans Day programs will begin Thursday as State Rep. Christian Coomer, R-Cartersville, and his campaign present the fourth annual Salute to Veterans at Taylor Farm Pavilion, 201 Lucas Road in Cartersville.
“In the last four years our community has come together to raise thousands of dollars to support the organizations that represent those who have given so much to us,” stated Coomer — a major in the Georgia Air National Guard — in a press release. “I am a veteran and I come from a family of veterans; so, I recognize the importance of passing to our children a sense of respect for service and sacrifice. That’s why we put this together every year and invite everybody in our community to participate — to show a token of gratitude for people we can never really repay.”
Open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the program will feature Joe Jarrard, who is the commanding general of the Georgia Army National Guard. Admission will be free but donations will be accepted and distributed to area military-related and veteran nonprofits.
Veterans Day Parade
Presented by the Vietnam Veterans of Bartow County, the Veterans Day Parade will return to downtown Cartersville Nov. 9.
Parade participants, which will include veterans and other members of the community, will start lining up at 8:30 a.m. at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center, 135 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville. About 9:30 a.m., the procession will depart, turning right on Church Street, left on Tennessee Street, right on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and winding up at the American Legion.
“We’ll have in the parade people from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the recent wars,” said Bob Poston, commander of the Vietnam Veterans of Bartow County. “It’s good to know that people are standing there waving at us and thanking us for our service.
“... When I got back from Vietnam there was a short poem and it goes like this — ‘God and soldier we adore, in time of danger not before; War is fast and all things righted, God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.’ So it’s good to know that that’s no longer true.”
For more information, call Poston at 678-986-1702.
Veterans Appreciation Day Celebration
Also planned for Nov. 9 will be the Bartow County Masonic Convention’s 13th annual Veterans Appreciation Day Celebration.
To be held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20 in Cartersville, the program will be offered free of charge to veterans and their spouses, as well as widows and widowers of service members. A 5:30 p.m. dinner will be followed by an entertainment program at 6:30 p.m. that will include a presentation from guest speaker Edgar Land, grand master of Masons in Georgia, and gospel singing provided by the Servers.
“We started [the event] in 2000 to honor our Vietnam veterans,” said Carey Evans, founder of the event and chairman of the local convention’s Veterans Appreciation Committee. “Nothing had ever been done for that group. We had such a great response from that that we decided to do it every year for all of our veterans. Our first year, we had 110 people in attendance. Four years later, we had 600 and we’ve had 600 at several of our events. It always averages out anywhere between 450 to 550.
“We serve a great meal, have a good entertainment program with gospel singing and a guest speaker. This is our 13th year. It has really grown and the veterans really look forward to it every year. It’s just our way of saying thank you for those men and women for serving and keeping this country free.”
Call Evans at 770-382-2941 for further details.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42 will host one of two events that will be open to the public.
Starting at 11 a.m., the program will feature Matt Shultz as the guest speaker, a 21-gun salute and taps. The offering will be held at the post’s flagpole, 1 Roosevelt St. in Cartersville.
“For a great number of years, being a veteran, I kind of hid that because the era I served in was not a very popular era,” said Post 42 Commander Dale Cockrill, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1970. “I was in the Vietnam era and that was not a very popular time. I felt like I was missing out on something and I think I have kind of bridged that thought by being an active member in the American Legion, and the American Legion is an organization that is dedicated with veterans helping veterans. I think that gap has been bridged.
“... I just think that it’s important that we recognize those that have served better than we have in the past, [particularly] the Vietnam-era group. And I am a retired school teacher and I have former students who are now serving and who have served. I think they deserve the same honor as anyone else. So I think it’s very important that we remember those people.”
For more information about the American Legion ceremony, contact Cockrill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Day Observance
Veterans Day events will wrap up Nov. 11 with the Kingston Woman’s History Club’s Veterans Day Observance at Kingston City Park.
At noon, the gathering will be held at the Veterans Monument and feature a presentation by Eric Haney, a retired Delta Force member, and live entertainment by the Kingston Elementary School chorus. A reception will be presented afterward in the Martha Mulinix Annex of the Kingston Museum on East Main Street.
“We recognize that the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy today are a result of the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans, the men and women of the armed forces,” said Ann Jones, chairman of Veterans Affairs for the Kingston Woman’s History Club. “We wish to honor them for their service and also to thank and honor the families of the veterans for their sacrifice.”
In the case of rain, the gathering will be moved to Kingston United Methodist Church.
Call Jones at 770-336-7053 for more information.