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Two children walk through the Marietta National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2016 before a ceremony honoring fallen U.S. military members.

Cobb residents will have the opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day in a variety of ways this weekend, from events honoring veterans and members of the military to road races.

Most of the weekend has a clear forecast: Saturday’s high temperature is expected to be 87 degrees with a low of 69 degrees, and Sunday is projected to see a high of 87 and a low of 67 with a 20 percent chance of rain, according to Accuweather.

Memorial Day itself could see rain, however. A high of 82 and a low of 66 is forecast for Monday with a 60 percent chance of rain, likely in the afternoon.

Several Memorial Day events set for Marietta National Cemetery

Four events are scheduled for this weekend at the Marietta National Cemetery.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Boy Scouts will place flags along the gravesites in the cemetery.

A Pearl Harbor Memorial Day program is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

As they have done since 1988, a local assembly of the Knights of Columbus will again sponsor a Memorial Day mass at 9 a.m. Monday for the over 17,000 fallen warriors who are laid to rest at the Marietta National Cemetery, including 3,000 unknown soldiers interred there.

No parking will be available in the cemetery, but shuttles will be available from the Switzer Library across the street.

Acworth hosts Memorial Day ceremony Saturday

A ceremony to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point.

Patriots Point is located in Cauble Park, 4425 Beach Street in Acworth.

Veterans and current servicemen will pay tribute to brave men and women who have fought and died for our nation. Engraved pavers dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces that have been purchased since the previous Veterans Day will be presented at the event.

For more information on the event, contact Jeff Chase at jchase@acworth.org or call 770-917-1234.

City of Smyrna to hold annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday

The city of Smyrna will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Smyrna Veterans Memorial, 2800 King Street, between Smyrna City Hall and the Smyrna Library, at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The Georgia Army National Guard Band, Campbell High School JROTC and USAF Honor Guard will be participating in the ceremony. This year’s featured speakers will be MG (Select) Jesse Simmons Jr. and Cpt. Donna Rowe, Vietnam Theater U.S. Army Nurse Corps. There will be displays of military equipment, which will include current/vintage military and security vehicles along with weaponry, a U.S. Marine Patrol Boat and an H3 Hummer. There will also be a Rock Wall and other attractions.

The event and parking are free. The rain location is the Smyrna Community Center.

The ceremony sponsors include the city of Smyrna, Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160, Northwest Speakers, Smyrna Rotary Club, Jonquil City Kiwanis, Chick-fil-A of South Cobb and JWC Real Estate.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.

Run to Remember Monday

Monday is the Wear Blue: Run to Remember, which is the first-ever, Atlanta-based Memorial Day run.

The event was founded by Lisa Hallett after her husband, CPT John L. Hallett — a West Point graduate — was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Lisa turned to running as a way to manage her grief and in the midst of a very difficult deployment, her fellow military wives joined her steps and Wear Blue: Run to Remember was born.

The Wear Blue’s Memorial Day run is the organization’s largest annual event. With more than 20,000 runners anticipated to run worldwide this year, all run with the name of a fallen service member on their back — supplied by Wear Blue if needed — and for no cost. Runners and walkers commit as many miles as they feel comfortable. The event begins with a circle of remembrance where the names of the fallen are called out.  

Brumby Hall to have Step Back in Time event today

Brumby Hall at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street in Marietta, will have its annual Memorial Day open house, titled “Step Back in Time,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday with Confederate and Union soldier reenactors and refreshments.

For more information, call 770-427-2500 or www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Brumby-Hall-159723404069643/.

Toiletry drive supports homeless vets across Georgia

The sixth annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless veterans kicks off Monday and runs through Aug. 11.

Sponsored by the Georgia District Pilot International Clubs and Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the drive collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for veterans who attend Stand Down events throughout North and Central Georgia.

“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Each year, Stand Down events across the country provide health care and other services to help thousands of homeless veterans get back on their feet. The 2016 Stand Up for Stand Down drive collected more than 10,000 pounds of toiletry items to fill more than 2,000 comfort bags for homeless veterans in Georgia.

Travel/sample-size toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and feminine products. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 26 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations, including the 790 Church Street, Suite 335 in Marietta and 1668 Mulkey Road, Suite 104 in Austell.

For a list of locations, visit www.gacancer.com.

For more information or to volunteer sorting, call 770-864-5347 or visit www.facebook.com/SU4SD.

Five Star Memorial Day 5K/10K today

The Five Star Memorial Day 5K/10K, a production of Five Star NTP that is celebrating its fifth year and benefits K9s for Warriors, will start at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the LA Fitness Center, 2550 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta.

All active and retired military personnel get to run for free as a way for Five Star to say “thank you for your service,” said race director Lowell Starr.

Both the 5K and 10K, plus the wheelchair division, start and finish in the LA Fitness parking lot. The course is an out-and-back that travels along East Piedmont Road toward Hwy. 120.

For more information, visit www.fivestarntp.com/memorial-day.html.

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