Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­monies be­ing held to­day

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Cedar­town and Rock­mart will be play­ing host today to the an­nual celebratio­n of Veteran’s Day, both host­ing cer­e­monies at 11 a.m.

Brown Wright Post 12 Amer­i­can Le­gion in Rock­mart will present a Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram at 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Nov. 11 at the Me­mo­rial Park in Down­town Rock­mart.

Guest speaker will be Colonel Tony L. Mil­li­can, a 1986 grad­u­ate of Rock­mart High School. He re­ceived his de­gree from Ge­or­gia Tech.

Mil­li­can was in Saudi Arabia dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm. While serv­ing in Afghanista­n, he sur­vived an ex­plo­sion of an 80-pound sui­cide ve­hi­cle- borne im­pro­vised de­vice at 50 yards away. Even wounded he led a re­cov­ery team to rescue over 600 U.S. per­son­nel.

Vaden Underwood will open the Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram.

Ad­vance­ment of Amer­i­can col­ors will in­clude Post 12 Le­gion Riders. Unit 12 Aux­il­iary First Vice Pres­i­dent She­lia Brink­ley will place a wreath at the “Killed in Ac­tion” mon­u­ment.

In Cedar­town, Polk County Sher­iff Johnny Moats will be the key­note speaker at Cedar­town Vet­er­ans Park on East Av­enue at 11 a.m.

Or­ga­nized by the Vet­er­ans Com­mit­tee, the cer­e­mony will also in­clude an open­ing prayer by Cedar­town Po­lice Chief Jamie New­some, a per­for­mance of “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner” and “God Bless Amer­ica” by Collee­toe San­ders, the sound­ing of taps, and a 21-gun salute by Amer­i­can Le­gion Brewster Cleve­land Post No. 86. The pro­gram will end with a clos­ing prayer by Jonathan Black­mon, chief deputy of the Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Vet­er­ans Day is an of­fi­cial United States fed­eral holiday that is ob­served an­nu­ally on Novem­ber 11. It co­in­cides with other hol­i­days in­clud­ing Ar­mistice Day and Re­mem­brance Day, which are cel­e­brated in other parts of the world and also mark the an­niver­sary of the end of World War I (ma­jor hos­til­i­ties of World War I were for­mally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Ar­mistice with Ger­many went into ef­fect). The United States also orig­i­nally ob­served Ar­mistice Day; it then evolved into the cur­rent Vet­er­ans Day holiday in 1954.

Vet­er­ans Day is not to be con­fused with Me­mo­rial Day; Vet­er­ans Day cel­e­brates the ser­vice of all U.S. military vet­er­ans, while Me­mo­rial Day is a day of rememberin­g the men and women who gave their lives and those who per­ished while in ser­vice.

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