Memorial Day remembrance returns to Coosa Valley Fairgrounds today-Monday: Sponsored by the Americanism Committee of the Exchange Club of Rome, the event will feature military collectibles from Georgia’s Fallen Heroes Wall of Honor, Duke Military Museum Display of Vehicles and Weapons, and the Exchange Club’s Tomb of the Unknowns. The event is free (admission and parking) and food vendors will be on site. Hours: Monday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday’s schedule includes (courtesy of WRGA 98.7 FM): The exhibits will be open until 10:30 a.m. and then the Roman Festival Brass will perform patriotic music. At 11 a.m.,the ceremony begins and at noon, the flag will return to full staff. The exhibits will reopened until 2 p.m.” The speaker will l be Rome Army Veteran John Fortune, who spent 34 years in the military.
The Shannon Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Watters District Council For Historical Preservation, will begin at noon Monday. Started in 1946 with the dedication of what’s now recognized as the Nation’s first World War II monument, this year’s event will feature 3-star General Billy Brown as keynote speaker. (From WRGA)
Brigadier General Doyle D. “Don” Broome, Jr. (U.S. Army Ret.) will be the keynote speaker at the Cedartown Memorial Day Service on Monday. The solemn service will take place at the Cedartown Veterans Park at 11 a.m. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States. A 1973 graduate of Cedartown High School, Broome is the son of Doyle and Marcelle Broome, lifelong residents of Cedartown. His younger brother, Vincent Broome, is a retired Naval Officer and also resides in Cedartown. General Broome’s career spanned service in Infantry, Special Forces and Aviation units across 32 years, which included combat, training and disaster assistance operations. Significantly, he served as the Deputy Commanding General of the famed 82d Airborne Division overseeing combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.