Updated: Veterans Day celebration today at Coosa Middle, Saturday at Myrtle Hill and in Cedartown.  Parade also planned in Cartersville.

Updated: Veterans Day celebration today at Coosa Middle, Saturday at Myrtle Hill and in Cedartown. Parade also planned in Cartersville.

The scene Friday at Coosa Middle School. The school held an open celebration saluting all branches of the service. Photos courtesy of Billy Carver.

 

SATURDAY

The annual Veterans Day tribute at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus — in regalia — will serve with the American Legion Honor Guard in the honor guard formation. The event, off South Broad Street, is open to all.

Video report: We’ve added a Facebook Live report from Myrtle Hill, produced around 9:45 a.m. Saturday as preparations were continuing for Saturday’s ceremony. Please go to Hometown Facebook

The Exchange Club of Rome’s annual Veteran’s Day program at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. From WRGA: “We will have military equipment there,” according to John Fortune with the Exchange Club. “The Georgia National Guard is bringing in some of their heavy-duty trucks. This time he is offering some truck rides and some Humvee rides for a dollar or two dollars. His intent is to make some money to give us a donation. We have Richard Riggs who has a 16 table military historical collection that he will bring up there. He is very knowledgeable about what he has, and if you stop in front of something, he will give you a history of the item.” The Disabled American Veterans and a representative from the Georgia Veteran’s Administration will also be on hand. “They are going to show veterans the forms they need to bring when they do a VA claim,” Fortune added. “The problem is, when you go to the VA, depending on your experience with them, it’s a paperwork frustration. So, these guys are going to sit down and show you what you need to bring before you file a claim, so it doesn’t get kicked back the first time because you left out a piece of paper.”

The Vietnam Veterans of Bartow County will host a Veterans Day Parade on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Cartersville.  Anyone interested in participating should arrive by 9 a.m. at the Frank Moore Administration building for staging.  No advance registration is required. The parade will begin at the Frank Moore Administration Building and travel Church Street to Tennessee Street to Martin Luther King Jr. and finally ending at the American Legion building.

The Veterans Memorial Park will again provide the setting for the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Cedartown on Saturday at 11 a.m. It will feature Cedartown native United States Navy (Ret.) Command Master Chief Wade D. Willingham. He is the son of the late Rev. Monroe Willingham and Myrtice Willingham. He entered the service in 1964 after graduating from high school. Willingham and his wife, Claudette, currently reside in Norfolk,Va.

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