Cobb residents and visitors will have the opportunity this weekend to observe Memorial Day in a variety of ways, from events honoring veterans to a chance to look back at the lives of Civil War soldiers.
Though the three-day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, Mother Nature hasn’t scheduled the best weather for the occasion, as there will be a high chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout.
Saturday’s forecast, according to Accuweather, has the smallest chance of wet conditions — at 80 percent — with Sunday and Monday pegged at 90 percent.
The high temperatures for all three days are expected to hit the high 70s or low 80s, with low temps not dipping below the upper 60s.
Fourth-annual Veterans Memorial 5K and Military Appreciation Celebration
WHAT: The Horace Orr Post of the American Legion Post 29 will present this celebration, which honors the men and women who have served and are serving in the military. This year’s program will feature U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard of the Georgia National Guard and remarks from the leadership of the Horace Orr Post 29 of the American Legion and the Department of Georgia. There will also be a POW-MIA ceremony and the colors will be presented by Boy Scout Troop 435. At the conclusion of the program, there will be patriotic music and pop tunes performed in concert by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.
WHERE: Marietta Square
WHEN: Saturday. The race begins at 7:30 a.m.; the Military Appreciation Celebration will begin following the race awards in Glover Park around 10:30 a.m.
Acworth Memorial Day Ceremony
WHAT: 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.
WHERE: Cauble Park, Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point, 4425 Beach St NW, Acworth
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Life of a Soldier
WHAT: Attendees can learn what life was like for the common infantry soldier during the Atlanta Campaign in the Civil War. There will be an interactive ranger presentation that will honor their sacrifice, as well as illustrate how soldiers lived and fought on the during the 1864 campaign.
WHERE: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive in Kennesaw
WHEN: Saturday, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
INFO: 770-427-4686, ext. 0, or www.nps.gov/kemo
Civil War Music
WHAT: Participants can join the musicians of Three Rivers Fife and Drum as they demonstrate how music during the Civil War served many functions, with a performance and discussion of 19th-century fife and drum music.
WHEN: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
INFO: 770-427-4686, ext. 0 or www.nps.gov/kemo
Memorial Day 5K/10K
WHAT: Various footraces and wheelchair races for veterans and others.
WHERE: LA Fitness Center, 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
WHEN: Monday, races start at 7:30 a.m.
Smyrna Memorial Day Ceremony
WHAT: The ceremony will feature the Georgia Army National Guard Band, Campbell High School JROTC, and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. Military equipment displays will include current and vintage military and security vehicles and weaponry, a U.S. Marine Patrol Boat, H3 Hummer and other attractions. Scheduled speakers are Lt. Gen. Steve Arnold, U.S. Army (Ret.); and Gunnery Sgt. Victoria Turney, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.).
WHERE: The Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 King Street SE, Smyrna
WHEN: Monday at 9:30 a.m.
The National Memorial Day Association of Georgia’s annual Memorial Day ceremony
WHAT: The ceremony features patriotic music, posting of the colors, prayers, a gun salute, as well as inspiring speakers.
WHERE: Marietta National Cemetery, 500 Washington Avenue Northeast, Marietta
WHEN: Monday at noon.