Iraq War veteran and North Georgia Honor Guard member Keith Hunter, right, raises his bugle to a recording of “Taps” as the Memorial Day service at Ellijay’s Veterans Memorial Bridge and Garden concludes Monday, May 29. Nearly 300 attended the service, which paid tribute to America’s deceased military men and women who gave all in service to their country. Standing at salute, from left, are Jim Brackin (who sang “God Bless the USA” at the service), Bill Garrett (North Georgia Honor Guard) and Purple Heart r
The Rev. Lewis Payne places wreaths donated by him and wife, Sandra, beside the veterans memorial in front of the Gilmer Civic Center Monday morning.
A crowd of more than 300 attends the Memorial Day observance at Veterans Memorial Park in Ellijay Monday, May 29. American flags flapped in the breeze, and although storm clouds threatened, emcee George Winn said “prayers were answered” when the predicted rain didn’t show up for the late-morning ceremony.
Dana Winn Burton gives a spirited rendition of the National Anthem to begin the ceremony.
Jim Brackin, left, sings “God Bless the USA” while Purple Heart recipient Mike Pilvinsky, World War II veteran Dr. Will Mattison, Purple Heart recipient Tom Richardson and Judge Karlton Van Banke stand for the patriotic song.