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May 21, 2014

Memorial Day events planned in Dalton

— For many years the American Legion has held a Memorial Day program at the Whitfield County Courthouse to honor those departed veterans of our community. Last year the event was expanded through the efforts of many contributing organizations to involve the entire community. Everyone is invited to attend.

Flags will be put out and this year’s Memorial Day event will be highlighted with activities beginning with a program at the courthouse at 10 a.m. including presentation of colors by the Dalton Fire Department and Dalton Police Department Honor Guard, the Dalton-Whitfield Community Band will play the national anthem, a laying of wreaths from different organizations, a speaker and many other events plus a salute and “Taps” by the Honor Guard of the American Legion. After the ceremony, at Dalton Green, there will be free food and various booths with information for veterans and veterans’ families. The community band will begin playing at 9:30 a.m.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It was an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War but was inspired by the way Southern states honored their dead. Eventually it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military cause. After World War II, Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day.

Contributors to this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony include: American Legion, Blood Assurance, Bradley Wellness Center, Chick-fil-A, City Entertainment, city of Dalton, Coca-Cola, Coffee News, Costco, The Daily Citizen, Dalton Fire Department, Dalton Parks and Recreation, Dalton Police Department, Dalton Senior Center, Dalton-Whitfield Community Band, Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, Downtown Dalton Development Authority, Elks Lodge, Hamilton Medical Center, Humane Society of Northwest Georgia, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful, League of Women’s Voters, Mack Gaston Community Center, McKee Foods Corp., The Sweet Spot, United We Stand and Whitfield County Courthouse.

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