• Jennetta Kelly, behind podium, sings “America the Beautiful” as an early Veterans Day program gets underway at rescheduled location, the Gilmer High School Gym, Friday, Nov. 9. Pictured standing at salute, from left, are program participants: service dog trainer Sharon Callan (with service dog Pepper), Air Force veteran Jim Brackin, Vietnam veteran and program host Ben Arp (in back), Pleasant Grove Baptist Church pastor Dan Rosser and Senior Air Force Master Sgt. Sam Burrell, the event’s guest speaker. See
    Jennetta Kelly, behind podium, sings “America the Beautiful” as an early Veterans Day program gets underway at rescheduled location, the Gilmer High School Gym, Friday, Nov. 9. Pictured standing at salute, from left, are program participants: service dog trainer Sharon Callan (with service dog Pepper), Air Force veteran Jim Brackin, Vietnam veteran and program host Ben Arp (in back), Pleasant Grove Baptist Church pastor Dan Rosser and Senior Air Force Master Sgt. Sam Burrell, the event’s guest speaker. See
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    Sseveral veterans stand while being applauded by the cro
  • Civil Air Patrol 507th Composite Squadron cadets Houston Jones, Brendan Walker, Nicole Mallinak and Carter Hux perform placement of colors as the ceremony begins.
    Civil Air Patrol 507th Composite Squadron cadets Houston Jones, Brendan Walker, Nicole Mallinak and Carter Hux perform placement of colors as the ceremony begins.
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Sam Burrell, who was scheduled to be the parade’s grand marshal, speaks on the ceremony’s theme, “What is Freedom?”
    U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Sam Burrell, who was scheduled to be the parade’s grand marshal, speaks on the ceremony’s theme, “What is Freedom?”
  • Korean War veteran John Hamrick, third from left, and Vietnam War veteran Fred McGill, right, were among those served complimentary barbecue plates at the Ellijay Lions Club by Lions Club members including Marie Wyrosdick, left, and John Weekly, second from left.
    Korean War veteran John Hamrick, third from left, and Vietnam War veteran Fred McGill, right, were among those served complimentary barbecue plates at the Ellijay Lions Club by Lions Club members including Marie Wyrosdick, left, and John Weekly, second from left.
  • Sarah Harbin directs members of the Ellijay Elementary and Gilmer High School Choruses as they team to sing “My America,” part of a selection of patriotic music performed by the choruses and the Gilmer High School Band.
    Sarah Harbin directs members of the Ellijay Elementary and Gilmer High School Choruses as they team to sing “My America,” part of a selection of patriotic music performed by the choruses and the Gilmer High School Band.

Rain couldn’t stop Gilmer’s Veterans Day salute

A forecasted 90 percent chance of rain prompted cancellation of the annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Ellijay Friday morning. However, bad weather did not stop the scheduled honorary program from proceeding inside the Gilmer High School Gym. Several longtime local Veterans Day participants said this was only the second time that rain moved the event indoors since efforts were first made to salute the county’s military veterans 29 years ago.

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