Veterans Day to be celebrated this week
Ellijay and Gilmer County will celebrate Veterans Day this week with a slate of activities.
Beginning Thursday, the Veterans Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Gilmer County will kick off with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and a program to follow in the fellowship hall of Ellijay First Baptist Church. Capt. Bill Saling, U.S. Army (Ret.), will be the featured speaker.
On Friday morning, a Veterans Day Breakfast at 8:30 in the fellowship hall of Ellijay First UMC on McCutchen Street, sponsored by the Ellijay Lions Club, will be followed by formation for the parade to begin behind the church at 10 a.m. The procession begins at 10:30, and the grand marshal is Paul Gates, a World War II veteran and lifelong resident of Gilmer County.
A musical tribute ceremony on the square starts at 11 a.m. and features the GHS Marching Band and Chorus. Gilmer’s own 507th Composite Squadron of the Georgia Civil Air Patrol will take part in the ceremonies, and the Wheeler High School ROTC detachment from Marietta will also return. Peggy Densmore, president of the Lions Club, will present the youth essay and poster winners with awards.
Lunch at the Lions Club barn on South Main Street begins at noon. The Lions Club has chosen “Peace Through Strength” as this year’s theme for their sponsorship. Also, Clear Creek Middle School is hosting a patriotic tribute at 1:35 p.m. Gilmer Nursing Home will honor its veterans at 6 p.m.
“At this trying time in our nation’s history, I encourage all veterans to participate in some way to show our strength and unity not only to our nation, but to the many young people who will be observing our celebration,” said Sam Burrell, an Air Force veteran and event organizer.
See our special Salute to Veterans on page 16B of this week's edition.