Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and there will be events throughout Cobb County, Georgia to honor those who served our country over its remarkable history. The city of Marietta and the Marietta Kiwanis Club invite the public to honor the community's veterans with a parade and ceremony on the Square Thursday. The sixth annual Veterans Day parade will start at 11 a.m. Thursday at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, and proceed to the Square. Marching bands, drill teams, floats, veterans' organizations and military vehicles will highlight the parade.
After the parade, pay tribute to the men and women who have fought to keep Marietta and America free during a ceremony on the Square at noon. Donna Rowe, a former field hospital nurse in Vietnam, will serve as parade grand marshal and keynote speaker during the ceremony. Rowe rescued a young Vietnamese girl who was badly wounded and sent her to United States.
A little further to the south, Smyrna's Veterans Day ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Brinkley Park. Sponsored by the city of Smyrna, Smyrna Rotary Club, Smyrna American Legion Post 160, The Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna and Chick-Fil-A, it will feature retired Army Col. Ben Malcolm, a Korean War Special Forces veteran; and retired Army Lt. Col. Bob Lanzotti of Smyrna, a Vietnam War helicopter pilot, as speakers. Music will be by the 116th Georgia Army National Guard Band. Maryline Blackburn of Smyrna will sing the national anthem.
American Legion Post 294 will present its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m., Nov. 11 at the Powder Springs Veterans' Memorial, 4181 Atlanta Street. A flag retirement ceremony will be held at the Post home, at 3282 Florence Road, at 12:30 p.m. in Nov. 11.
In northwest Cobb County, the City of Kennesaw will honor the service of military members past and present with a free lunch on Veterans Day Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. American Legion North Cobb Post 304 is partnering with Kennesaw city officials to host the lunch. Food is being provided by Bullfrogz on 3655 Cherokee Street in Kennesaw and the Chick-fil-A restaurant on 3295 Cobb Parkway in Acworth. All military service members are invited to attend and no identification will be required.
School students will also have an opportunity to commemorate Veterans Day. Griffin Middle School will fly a special flag Thursday in honor of Veterans Day. The flag was donated by the family member of a U.S. Air Force Reservist who recently served in Southeast Asia. There will be the ceremonial Pledge of Allegiance at 8:30 a.m. at the flag pole.
Still Elementary School will host its annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Thursday. The breakfast begins at 8:15 a.m. in the media center. This year's guest speaker is state Rep. Ed Setzler. Still's traditional Wall of Honor will be posted in the hallway. Members of the military, past and present are welcome to attend this free event.
Other events include a Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. Thursday at Old Zion Baptist Church Heritage Museum, 165 Lemon Street, Marietta, 30060. It is sponsored by the Cobb County NAACP and American Legion Post 296. Guest speakers will be Chief Warrant Officer Clyde Green, U.S. Army, and David Hankerson, Cobb County manager.
Kennesaw State University ROTC cadets are planning a noon entrance to honor America's veterans on Thursday. Maj. Gen. James Nuttall, Deputy Commanding General, First Army, based at Fort Gillem, will chopper into the Campus Green, where he will deliver the keynote address in front of KSU Hall. The event, which is sponsored by KSU ROTC, Student Veterans Club and Veterans Resource Center, will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the campus green in front of KSU Hall, at Kennesaw State University.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at Allatoona Lake and the more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day. The day-use fee waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service. This waiver covers boat launch ramp and swim beach fees. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the Veterans Day waiver of fees in the areas that they manage.
Special Veterans Day programs will continue into Friday. Metro Marietta Kiwanis will sponsor a screening of the documentary "In the Shadow of the Blade," at 8 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. Tickets are $25 per person, and portion of proceeds will benefit the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Holiday Food Bank. VIP tickets, which include a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m., are $100. For more information about the reception, contact Elizabeth Rhodes at email@example.com.
The film follows the 10,000-mile journey of a battle-scarred UH-1 "Huey" helicopter into America's backyards to hear the untold stories of Vietnam War veterans and their families. Featured in the film are the stories of Donna Rowe, a former field hospital nurse in Vietnam, and the young Vietnamese girl she rescued, Kathleen Epps, and both women will be attendance.
KSU extends its Veterans Day salute with Military Appreciation Night at its men's home basketball game. The Owls take on the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern State University at 7:30 p.m. at the KSU Convocation Center. All active military members, veterans, and their families will receive free admission to that game.
So many ways to honor the courageous men and women who gave so much of themselves in the defense of our country.