The parade is expected to attract more than 5,000 spectators who will line the streets in anticipation of a 1,000-person procession from the Roswell Street Baptist Church on Roswell Street to the Square.
The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and the city’s celebration lasts until 12:30 p.m.
• What will you see?
Five decorated floats by the GA Chapter of Women Marines Association, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – Lake Allatoona Post, the U.S. Submarine Veterans.
Eight classic and vintage period cars driven by the Disabled American Veterans, the GA Military Vehicles Association, and others, as well as military vehicles ranging from jeeps to 5-ton trucks.
• What will you hear?
Six marching bands from the 116th Army band and Marietta, South Cobb, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler high schools, and also some color and honor guards.
Nine drill-team performances by ROTC units from King’s Academy – Knights Battalion, Allatoona, Campbell, Kennesaw Mountain, Pebblebrook and Osborne high schools.
• What else can you expect?
A handful of other veterans’ organizations will show their colors, including the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Chapter One, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2681 and Ladies Auxiliary, the Atlanta Metro Council – Navy League of the United States.
An honoring ceremony in Glover Park on the Square will follow the parade. The service will be led by Moby of “Moby in the Morning” and will feature a keynote speech by parade grand marshal Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Marietta Veterans Day Parade originated nine years ago when Scott Chadwick, retired U.S. Navy, wished to honor and remember American veterans.
Other festivities honoring local military veterans
Veterans Day ceremony where veterans and current servicemen and women will share what service to the country means to them. Engraved pavers dedicated to those who have served in the Armed Forces have been purchased since the previous Memorial Day and are presented at the event.
• WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m.
• WHERE: Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point in Cauble Park
Veterans Day Program for adults ages 55 and older. Ken Myers will lecture on his collection of memorabilia and uniforms spanning the time period from World War I to Operation
Iraqi Freedom. Many of the items in the display are accompanied by pictures of the men and women to whom they belonged. Free, but registration is required.
• WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon.
• WHERE: East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the City of Smyrna, the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna and the American Legion Post 160. Pre-ceremony music provided by the Whitefield Academy Band. Guest speakers will be retired Maj. Gen. Thomas A. Wessels and Past Commander, Department of Georgia, American Legion Bill Lienhop. Breigha Young will sing the National Anthem and the Belmont Hills Elementary Choral Group will give a musical salute to veterans. Free.
• WHEN: 11 a.m.
• WHERE: Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial on the corner of Bank Street and King Street.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be in the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle.
Veterans’ lunch presented by the City of Kennesaw and the North Cobb American Legion Post 304 to honor the service of military members past and present with a complimentary lunch. All veterans and active duty military are invited to attend. No identification will be required. Free.
• WHEN: noon to 2 p.m.
• WHERE: Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive
Elk’s Lodge 1657 asks members and their families to bring a veteran as a guest to thank them for their service to our country. The house committee will be providing a traditional turkey dinner at no cost to members and veterans.
• WHEN: 2 p.m.
• WHERE: 1706 Powder Springs Road SW, behind the Kroger grocery story on the corner of Macland Road