2013-11-08 / Front Page

Communities to host local, state-wide Veterans Day events

By Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

Metro Creative Graphics, Inc. Metro Creative Graphics, Inc. The nation will be observing Veterans Day Nov. 11. Around the Central Savannah River Area and throughout Georgia, there are several activities scheduled to celebrate the day, which is set aside to honor veterans who served honorably in war or peacetime.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has proclaimed Nov. 11 as Veterans Day in Georgia to show appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made to defend our freedom, according to a press release.

“Our state and nation have rightfully set aside a day in honor of the more than 776,000 veterans living in Georgia, their devoted families and the rest of our nation’s veterans,” Deal said during the Georgia Department of Veterans Service proclamation-signing ceremony held Oct. 29 in the North Wing of the State Capitol Building.

“This day reminds us each year to reflect on how much of our lives we owe to our armed forces and to give these servicemen and women their due gratitude,” he added.

In the CSRA, Columbia County is hosting their annual Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration Nov. 9 at the Evans Towne Center Park. The program kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the Fort Gordon Garrison commander, Col. Samuel G. Anderson, addressing the crowd, said Stacie Adkins, Columbia County Community events manager. The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will perform and fireworks will begin at dark. Food and drink vendors will be on site and everyone is encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Admission is free.

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald S. Pflieger will be speaking at the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry’s Veterans Day Ceremony, located at 2553 Washington Road in Augusta, 6 p.m. Nov. 7.

Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general, will be speaking at the Georgia War Veterans Home at 9 a.m. Nov. 11. The home is located at 1101 15th St. in downtown Augusta.

Patterson will be the grand marshal for the CSRA-Augusta Veterans’ Day Parade which begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 on Broad Street in downtown Augusta. More than 100 Soldiers from the 35th Signal Brigade will march in the parade. The general will also be speaking at the Augusta All Wars Monument Ceremony, located at 4th St. and Broad, at 11o’clock that morning, following the parade. The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and color guard will also be participating in these ceremonies.

The Inaugural Augusta National Veterans Day Run kicks off 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Julian Smith Gazebo and Lake Olmstead Trail, located at 2200 Broad St. in Augusta. A 5K timed race and a one-mile family walk is scheduled. Veterans and active-duty military discounts apply. To register go to www.veterandayrun.org/run/augusta.

One of the many activities scheduled around the state include the 32nd Annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade and Freedom Ball. The parade kicks off at 11:11 a.m. Nov. 9 in downtown Atlanta. The parade reviewing stand will be located by the World of Coca Cola on Baker Street. For more information about the Freedom Ball scheduled Nov. 9, visit www.gavetsdayparade.org or call toll free, (855) 550-2626. Banquet tickets are $75 per person. A $10 discount is available for active-duty service members, veterans, and military association members. Visit freedomball@gavetsdayparade.org for more information.

The Georgia Aquarium, located at 225 Baker St. NW in Atlanta, is honoring veterans and their families through their Veterans Appreciation Day Nov. 9 -11. Over the weekend, military personnel can enjoy free admission to the aquarium and families will receive 30 percent off of their total ticket purchase with the presentation of their military ID. The aquarium will be opening its doors early on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to military guests for exclusive access to all six galleries as well as the newest exhibit, “Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies” before the general public. For more information, call (404) 581-4302 or visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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