Cherokee events to celebrate veterans
by Ashley Fuller
October 31, 2010 12:00 AM | 3811 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City of Canton is expanding this year's Veterans Day celebration.

The city's events are among the many planned throughout Cherokee County by communities, schools and organizations to recognize military veterans and the holiday.

Canton's Main Street Program and American Legion Post 45 are joining forces for "Thank Your Military Day" events on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The legion will present its annual parade through downtown at noon. Before the parade, at 11:30 a.m., veterans are invited to gather at Cannon Park on the square and residents are invited to come out to meet them and thank them.

Past and present members of all branches of military service are encouraged to attend and wear something that shows what branch they serve or have served.

Representatives from Wreaths Across America also will attend to share information about their Christmas project at the Georgia National Cemetery in Sutallee.

"We wanted to make a bigger effort to really show them that Canton is behind them," Ginger Garrard, director of the city's Main Street Program, said about adding the meet-and-greet event at the park for veterans. "We wanted to make the event even bigger than it has been in the past."

Veterans are also invited to walk in the parade, and can meet at 11 a.m. at the Auto Zone on Waleska Street for the line up. For information, call (770) 704-7548.

The legion also will present its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10:45 on Nov. 11, at the legion post. For information, call (770) 479-4613.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Korean war and it will be the theme of the Fourth Annual Salute To Our Veterans dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the BridgeMill Athletic Club.

The event is presented by Cherokee County Republican Women's Club, and admission is $20 for veterans and $35 for guests.

The guest speaker will be Sunny Park, president of the America Korea Friendship Society, National Museum of Patriotism board member and winner of the USO Patriot Award. The celebration also includes a candlelight ceremony, a color guard presentation and music.

"There are a lot of Korean War veterans in the county, and we want to bring special attention to them, but all veterans are welcome," said Lori Pesta of Towne Lake, president of club.

For information, call (678) 520-2236 or see the website at

The City of Woodstock and the American Legion Post 316 will present a Veterans Day candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11, at Woodstock City Park at 101 Arnold Mill Road in downtown Woodstock.

The event will include music and speaker Mike Boyce, a retired Marine. For information, call (770) 517-6788.

Rolling Thunder Enterprises will present its second annual National Veterans Pow Wow and Indian Festival on Nov. 13-14, in Canton's Boling Park.

The two-day festival honors veterans, including the country's Native Americans who have served in the military.

The event includes a salute to veterans, military and Native American displays, Native American dance competitions and dance and music performances as well as children's activities.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 18 and free for children 5 and younger.

For information, call (770) 735-6275 or see the website at

The fourth annual BridgeMill Veterans Charity Golf Tournament is on Saturday at the BridgeMill Athletic Club in Canton.

The four-way scramble event tees off at 10:30 a.m., and entry fees are $100 per player. Special events include helicopter jumps and rides and military and public safety vehicle tours.

Proceeds benefit the VFW Post 12002 Operation Santa Program, which provides custom clothing and quilts to accommodate the special needs of amputees and other injured soldiers recovering in U.S. military hospitals stateside and overseas.

For information, call Christian Stevens at (770) 331-6120.

The Lodge at BridgeMill will present its annual military history display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 11. The free exhibit will feature artifacts from World War II and Vietnam. The community is at 10451 Bells Ferry Road in Canton. For information, call (678) 880-8102.

The Terrace at Woodstock senior living community at 756 Neese Road will conduct a pinning ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in an effort to recognize and honor local veterans. For information, call (770) 517-6445.

Union Hill United Methodist Church will honor veterans with a special service and a free luncheon at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14. The church is at 2000 A.J. Land Road.

For information, call Pastor Brad Anderson at (678) 297-0550.

Many Cherokee County schools are presenting special events for veterans.

Oak Grove Elementary School during its program on Nov. 11 will honor student Micenna Brooks, who will receive a state House Resolution in her honor.

She is being recognized for establishing Micenna's Mission (, which is dedicated to making veterans feel appreciated.

Members of the state House and the Georgia Young Marine Honor Guard will be in attendance. The event is open to the public. The school is at 6118 Woodstock Road in southwest Cherokee. For information, call (770) 974-7255.

R.M. Moore Elementary School in Waleska will present a breakfast for veterans at 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 11. The event is open to the public. The school is at 1375 Puckett Road in Waleska. For information, call (770) 479-3978.

Johnston Elementary School in addition to a program for veterans, is gathering videos from deployed family members saying hello to their students at the school.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to teach the value of sacrifice and stress the service of these servicemen and women," Principal Gena Hood said.

Arnold Mill Elementary, Avery Elementary and Free Home Elementary Schools, Creekland and Freedom Middle Schools and Creekview High School all are hosting special events for veterans as well that are open to students and their families.
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