Submitted by event organizers
Members of the North Georgia Veterans Day Parade Committee want people to realize the importance of the upcoming weekend.
“This is a time that we can honor our heroes,” said John Wilson, Parade Committee co-chairman. “We hope we can help you in some way accomplish that this holiday weekend.”
The schedule of events includes:
• The United We Stand Committee has planned to put up the Avenue of Flags around the Whitfield County Courthouse at 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. This activity is open to anyone who is interested.
• A number of veterans are scheduled to visit local schools on Friday, Nov. 8, and Monday, Nov. 11. The veterans will be present in services at the schools and available to talk with the students. “It is our wish that each person in north Georgia will interact with a veteran in some way this weekend,” Wilson said.
• The Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Parade participants are asked to assemble at 9 a.m. on Waugh Street. Those scheduled to be in the parade should report to a parade official on Waugh Street near the old jail. The parade official will direct participants to where they need to line up. Those who wish to take part in the parade but who haven’t registered yet can report to a parade official.
The parade will start at the intersection of Waugh and Thornton streets and will continue down Waugh Street beside the overhead bridge and turn down Main Street. It will continue down Main Street through downtown Dalton, then turn on Crawford Street to Thornton Street and will end at the Dalton High School football field.
• Right after the parade has ended, there will be a dedication service for a new monument at the Veterans Memorial on the south side of the courthouse. This monument will honor veterans from the most recent wars in the Middle East. The service also will include the replacement of the Eternal Flame.
• The Veterans Day Service will be held at the American Legion on Glenwood Street on Saturday, Nov. 9, at noon. All veterans will be honored during the service, with a special honor going to World War II veterans. James B. Flanagin, a World War II veteran and parade grand marshal, will speak during this service. Also, Wilson will present Harrison Parker with a “Veteran of the Year” trophy.
• The United We Stand Committee has planned to take down the Avenue of Flags around the courthouse on Monday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. This activity is open to anyone who is interested.