On Sunday evening, the Marietta Daily Journal and Roswell Street Baptist Church will pay tribute to veterans in a community event at the church.
Saturday’s parade will leave from Roswell Street Baptist Church at 11 a.m. and follow Roswell Street south to the Square. At East Park Square, the parade will turn right, and continue in front of the judicial buildings.
The parade usually begins at 11 a.m. every Nov. 11, but this year that created logistical conflicts with church-going crowds, organizer Scott Chadwick said.
But Chadwick said he is hoping for a much greater crowd — maybe 3,000 people — over the small crowds that generally turn out for a weekday parade.
This is the eighth year for the parade, which has 28 entries, including six marching bands. Parade watchers can park for free in the county parking garage on Waddell Street, or the county garage on Hansell Street. East Park Square will be closed to traffic and will be the main viewing area for the parade.
Retired Navy Admiral James O. Ellis will be the grand marshal of the parade and the keynote speaker at ceremony on the Marietta Square that will follow the parade at noon.
Former Congressman Buddy Darden will introduce Ellis at the ceremony, and Nadine Asberry, an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, will sing the national anthem.
Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn, and Bobby Tharpe, president of the Kiwanis Club, will speak, as will Cobb Chairman Tim Lee. The Cobb Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will perform a three-volley salute.
Chadwick also intends to thank Ron Papaleoni for his help in lining up the parade each year.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, the Journal and Roswell Street Baptist Church will host their 7th annual tribute to veterans, in the church’s worship center. That is the church’s main building and it faces Roswell Street.
“This is where we honor all veterans, active service personnel and first responders,” said organizer the Rev. Dr. John Crooks. He’s not sure how many people will attend the free ceremony.
“My guess would be 800 to 1,000,” Crooks said.
The program will feature lots of music and special recognition of those missing in action.
Command Sergeant Major Carmen Morales will be the featured speaker. Morales is a native of Puerto Rico and in May became the first female named a command sergeant major in the Georgia Army National Guard.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to last 90 minutes. The church is at 774 Roswell St. in Marietta.
“It’s a community event open to everyone,” Crooks said.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.
According to the Census Bureau, there were 21.5 million veterans in the United States in 2011. Of those, 9.2 million were age 65 or older, and 1.8 million were younger than 35.
Here are other events planned around Cobb this weekend to honor veterans.
* Kennesaw will honor the service of military members with a complimentary lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive.
“We take this opportunity each year to say thanks to the men and women of the armed forces, especially those who saw combat,” said Kennesaw City Councilman Tim Killingsworth, himself a former U.S. Marine. “Our military vets gave so much, and this is one small way to acknowledge their contribution to the freedoms we enjoy.”
American Legion North Cobb Post 304 is partnering with Kennesaw city officials to host the lunch. All military service members are invited to attend. No identification will be required.
* Acworth will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cauble Park, Patriots Point.
The keynote speaker will be Richard ‘Dick’ Bailey who completed a tour of 65 missions in a B-26 Bomber and was the recipient of two distinguished Flying Crosses, 13 Air Medals and five Battle Stars.
The newly formed Honor Guard of the Acworth Police department will present the colors. Honor Guard members are Sgt. Adam Hawkins and Officers Yolanda Leverette, Myron Porch, Stanley Almon, and Nicholas Gottfried.
Cauble Park is at 4425 Beach St., on the north side of Lake Acworth.
* The Marietta Museum of History will host two speakers, Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry and Lt. Col. John Stiles, for a “My Enemy, My Friend” Veteran’s Day event on Saturday.
Cherry, a graduate of South Cobb High School, wrote a book about his experiences as a young F-4 Phantom pilot during the Vietnam War. On April 16, 1972, he shot down a MiG-21 after an intense aerial battle.
Thirty-six years later, Cherry found and met the pilot that he shot down, Hong My.
“My Enemy, My Friend” is the story of that reconciliation and friendship, and of the later reconciliation between Hong My and Lt. Col. Stiles, an American pilot who was shot down by My.
Cherry went on to become Commander and Leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds; Commander of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Inspector General of the Pacific Air Forces; Commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing flying the F-16 and Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service.
Cherry and Stiles will speak at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10. Tickets are $25, or $20 for museum members. The museum is at 1 Depot St., just off the Marietta Square. For more information, call the museum at (770) 794-5710.
* American Legion Post 294 of Powder Springs will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Powder Springs Veterans Memorial in front of the Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta St. in Powder Springs.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Post home, 3282 Florence Road, one block north of CH James Parkway next to the First Citizens Bank.
Also, citizens are reminded that faded and worn U.S. flags should not be flown. They can be dropped in the red, white, and blue mailbox in front of the Post’s building for proper disposal.
For more information, contact the Post’s Senior Vice Commander, John Hollner III, at (770) 944-0801.
* Smyrna will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday in Brinkley Park, off Legion Drive in Smyrna. Public seating begins at 1 pm. Pre-ceremony music will be performed beginning at 1:45 pm by the 116th Army Band. To start the ceremony at 2 pm, U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Veteran Christian Stevens will make a special and spectacular parachute delivery of the American flag. The Campbell High School Army JROTC Cadet Honor Guard will present the Colors followed by an Invocation given by Rabbi Jeff Feinstein.
Lynn Dee Martin, music director at Smyrna First Methodist Church, will sing the National Anthem. Harold Watkins, commander of Smyrna American Legion Post 160, will present honors and remarks.
At 2:15 p.m., guest speaker Lee Ellis, Colonel, USAF, retired, former POW and Vietnam Veteran, will be introduced by Joe Masterson, Jr., former Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Special Forces. Colonel Ellis later wrote a book about his POW experiences, “Leading with Honor — Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.”
Colonel Ellis’ remarks will be followed by a musical salute to Veterans by the Campbell Middle School 6th grade choir. The 116th Army Band will then perform the Armed Forces Medley during which recipients of the Purple Heart Medal and all other veterans present will be recognized. After a benediction by Wayne Witter, the ceremonies will conclude at 3 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the Great Room of American Legion Post 160 on the west side of Brinkley Park, Smyrna.
* Smyrna First United Methodist Church will host a USO Show and Veterans Day Tribute at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1315 Concord Road in Smyrna. Join the salute to American veterans at this special patriotic musical event. Dessert and coffee/tea provided. Free admission. Donations encouraged. Any proceeds go to the USO and God’s Light Youth Choir.
* Kennesaw Lodge #33, Free and Accepted Masons in Marietta, will host a Veteran Appreciation Night on Nov. 20. The program is scheduled to start around 8 p.m., and will be open to the public. Dinner will be served at 6:30. The program will include three speakers, with veteran Joe Suttles giving the keynote speech. Members of the Rainbow Girls, a Masonic youth group, will do a flag-folding ceremony.
The lodge hall is in Marietta at Fairground at Roswell Streets. For more info, call Jack R. Johnston at (770) 917-8298 or visit www.kennesaw33.org.