May 13, 2013

Local organizations plan Memorial Day event for families

Submitted by the Memorial Day Planning Committee

— In October of last year, a group of people got together to discuss the possibility of a community-wide event to focus on our veterans, in particular those who’ve served and died.

The result? The Memorial Day Community Celebration. The event will take place on Memorial Day, May 27, at Dalton Green. The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m., and the family activities and food will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will include a service provided by the local American Legion, a blood drive honoring fallen veterans, family activities like inflatables, first responder presentations, pet adoption, fatal vision course, car seat check and more — all with a patriotic theme.

Those wanting child car seats checked should enter on Selvidge Street off of Waugh Street. After seats are checked, cars will exit back onto Waugh Street.

On the day of the event, street closures will include Selvidge Street from Waugh Street to Crawford Street, King Street from Pentz Street to Selvidge Street, and Crawford Street from Thornton Avenue to Selvidge Street.

Handicap parking will be provided near the intersection of Thornton Avenue and Crawford Street.

Participating organizations and sponsors include the American Legion, Blood Assurance, Bradley Wellness Center, Campbell Printing, Chatsworth Fire Department, Chick-fil-A, City Entertainment, city of Dalton, Coca-Cola, Coffee News, The Daily Citizen, Dalton Fire Department, Dalton Funeral Home, Dalton Marine Corps League, Dalton Parks and Recreation, Dalton Police Department, Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center, Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, Downtown Dalton Development Authority, Dr. Janet Rochon, Dr. Phillip Parham Jr., Elks Lodge, The Filling Station, Hamilton Cardiology Associates, Hamilton Medical Center, Hamilton Physicians Group, The Home Depot, Humane Society of Northwest Georgia, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful, League of Women Voters, McKee Foods Corp., Murray County Fire Department, Outback Steakhouse, Ponders Funeral Home, POW/MIA, Raspberry Row, Sara Lee, SOTF Burn Foundation, The Sweet Spot, United Way of Northwest Georgia, Whitfield County Courthouse and the Whitfield County Fire Department.

“We wanted to have a family event that focuses on our veterans,” said Dewey Moss, American Legion Post 112 commander. “This is a way to bring the sacrifices of our veterans to the forefront and bring families together.”