Events to mark Memorial Day 2014 in metro Atlanta

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Events to mark Memorial Day 2014 in metro Atlanta

As metro Atlanta remembers friends, family and loved ones who have died, here are a few events to consider this Memorial Day weekend:

Milton memorial service

11 a.m. Thursday. Free admission. Milton High School, 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton.

Join the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association to honor a fallen Vietnam warrior, U.S. Army Cpl. Harry Kenneth Vaughan, who was killed March 7, 1968, at the age of 21. His armored personnel carrier hit a buried explosive device in Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam, and he was killed instantly. Ceremony events include speaker retired Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, U.S. Army Color Guard, patriotic concert by a U.S. Army band, an armored personnel carrier on display, U.S. Army Rifle Honor Guard and C-130 aircraft and UH-1 Huey helicopter flyover. www.cityofmiltonga.us.

Suwanee concert salutes veterans

7 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee.

The city of Suwanee will host a Memorial Day weekend concert featuring patriotic and big-band sounds. Members of Silver Wings, the Command Exhibition Parachute Team of the U.S. Army Infantry based at Fort Benning, will land in the park, and the Continental Dance Orchestra will take Town Center stage. Blankets, chairs, and picnics welcome. No alcohol may be brought into Town Center Park. www.suwanee.com.

Marietta Memorial Day flag placement at Marietta National Cemetery

8-8:30 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. Marietta National Cemetery, 500 Washington Ave. N.E., Marietta.

The Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America Foothills District places flags on the more than 18,000 graves of U.S. military veterans in the Marietta National Cemetery. There is a short opening ceremony that includes presentation of colors, a rifle salute and the playing of taps. Members of the Sons of American Revolution, in uniform with working muskets, are featured in the program. www.foothillsbsa.org/memorial-day-flags-information.

Atlanta History Center’s “Military Timeline” event

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $16.50 adults, $13 students and seniors; $11 children 4-12. Members and children under 4 are free. Visitors with military ID are admitted free. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.

Food is for sale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Events available throughout the day include role play at Veterans Park, where you can experience what it was like to be a World War I soldier. Program events include a firing demonstration held in the lawn next to the Mabel Dorn Reeder Amphitheater, arts and crafts in the Olympic lobby and re-enactors representing veterans from the American Revolution at Smith Family Farm. At 2 p.m., nationally acclaimed author Alvin Townley gives a speech about his novel “Defiant,” an account of the 11 U.S. POWs who endured Vietnam’s most infamous prison, Hanoi Hilton, the women who fought for them and the one who never returned. www.atlantahistorycenter.com/family.

Duluth honors wounded warriors

6 p.m. Saturday. Admission free. Duluth Festival Center, 3142 Hill St. N.W., Duluth.

The ceremony will honor the nation’s servicemen and women as well as pay special tribute to fallen and wounded soldiers. Duluth’s Memorial Day ceremony will pay special tribute to the Wounded Warrior Project. www.duluthga.net, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Salute the Troops at Stone Mountain

10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain.

All active and retired military personnel will receive one free Adventure Pass with valid ID and will save up to $10 off per person for immediate family members. Military personnel also will receive 20 percent off food and merchandise. Enjoy unlimited access to all of Stone Mountain Park attractions including Sky Hike, Scenic Railroad, Summit Skyride and Adventure Golf. Stay for a special patriotic fireworks salute in the evening after the Laser Show Spectacular. www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Memorial-Day-Weekend.

Meet Our Veterans: World War II Round Table of Atlanta

1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Concourse Athletic Club, 8 Concourse Parkway N.E., Atlanta.

Organized by the World War II Round Table of Atlanta, this Memorial Day event will feature Medal of Honor recipient Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston (retired) and Carl Beck, a World War II paratrooper and veteran of both Normandy and Bastogne. Many exhibitors include Tuskegee Airmen, Witness to War Foundation and several World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans. www.atlantawwiiroundtable.org.

Alpharetta veterans to be honored

10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Free admission. Resthaven Cemetery, 90 Milton Ave., Alpharetta.

Boy Scout Troop 69 and the Alpharetta Historical Society will place flags at the grave sites of 58 Alpharetta war veterans. Ceremonies held until noon. www.alpharetta.ga.us.

Artillery demonstration, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield

Sunday and Monday. Free admission. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw.

Artillery demonstrations are conducted by the Kennesaw Mountain Gun Crew and take place at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at various locations on the battlefield. www.nps.gov/kemo/index.htm.

City of Woodstock Memorial Day ceremony

10 a.m. Monday. Free admission. The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock.

The city of Woodstock joins forces with the American Legion, Marine Corps League, and other local veterans groups to honor those who have fought and those who have fallen in the service. A special service of remembrance includes the East Cobb New Horizons Band and 10 tons of polished granite memorial dedicated to Woodstock veterans. If you know a Woodstock veteran who died in combat or from an injury as a result of combat, call 770-517-6788 to have their name added to the memorial. www.woodstockga.gov.

Dacula Memorial Day parade

10 a.m. Monday. Parade begins at Hebron Baptist Church, 202 Hebron Church Road, and proceeds down Dacula Road, turns right on Second Avenue, and ends at Dacula High School. 123 Broad St., Dacula.

“Courage, sacrifice and freedom” is the theme of the 2014 Memorial Day parade. Grand marshal Roy Wallis, a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army, will lead a tribute parade for the fallen men and women. www.daculamemorialday.com.

Roswell Remembers at Roswell City Hall

10 a.m. Monday. Free admission. Ceremony located at 38 Hill St., Roswell.

Georgia’s largest Memorial Day ceremony includes memorial displays open to the public, pre-ceremony music provided by Atlanta wind symphony and Chattahoochee Celtic pipes and drums. The featured speaker is Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, founder of the Doolittle Foundation, an organization dedicated to making U.S. military history available to students. Veterans share moments of reflection during the ceremony before the 21-gun salute. Because of abrupt gunshots from the 21-gun salute, this event is not suitable for pets. Food tent available. www.roswellmemorialday.com.

Henry County’s Annual Memorial Day Service at Veterans Wall of Honor

11 a.m. Monday. Free admission. Veterans Wall of Honor in McDonough’s Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road, McDonough.

There will be a presentation of the colors by the Ola AFJROTC Color Guard, a ceremonial wreath laying and music from bagpipe and bugle. The keynote speaker will be retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gary Freedman. www.henrycounty-ga.org.

Freelancers Karen Huppertz, Mark Woolsey and Monroe Roark contributed to this article.

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