Local News

September 2, 2010

Heroes will be remembered on Saturday in Fort Oglethorpe

Sixty-five years ago today, Japanese officials and representatives of the Allied powers signed Japan’s instrument of surrender, formally bringing an end to World War II. And this Saturday the veterans of that war will be honored with a day of living history called Remembering Our Heroes in Catoosa County.

George Patton Waters, grandson of Gen. George S. Patton, will speak Saturday night at a dinner at the Colonnade as part of the event.

“I’m a big believer in thanking all those who have served, not just the World War II veterans, but those who served in Korea and Vietnam and those who are serving today,” Waters said in a telephone interview. “They have all been willing to put their lives on the line for this country and for freedom.”

Waters said he believes his grandfather, who died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident just a few months after the war ended, would appreciate events such as those being held this weekend.

“I think he would want to thank all of those soldiers past and present who have fought to defend this country and give us these freedoms,” he said.

Waters said his grandfather always said his success in battle was due to the quality of men who served under him.

“I think he would give the credit to all of those soldiers who served under him and say they were the ones, under his leadership, who fought the enemy and won the battles. When they left (for the war), they weren’t given a return date. When I was in the Navy, when I left I was told I’d be back in six months. They were told you’ll be back when you win the war,” Waters said.

“And it wasn’t just the soldiers on the battlefield. The wives and girlfriends and children and families back home also made their sacrifices and did their part. Fighting World War II involved all of America,” he added.

Remembering Our Heroes starts at 10 a.m. at the Barnhardt Circle polo field in Fort Oglethorpe. It will feature World War II battle re-enactments, complete with authentic vehicles and weapons. It will also have historical displays from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War.

The event is sponsored by the nearby Sixth Cavalry Museum. The Sixth Cavalry served under Patton as part of the Third Army during World War II and was stationed for almost 20 years at the Army base in Fort Oglethorpe.

Text Only
Local News
  • Little library 1 mlh.jpg Little Libraries, big goal

    Whitfield County just received a new library.
    And better yet, 26 more are on the way to the region.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Picture 3.jpg Rock solid

    A great number of things have come and gone since 1974.
    One that hasn’t: a small Dalton school founded by parents wanting a unique learning environment for their children.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vann House Day '14 6 mlh.jpg History comes alive at Vann House

    SPRING PLACE — In the early 1800s, the 1,000-acre plantation belonging to Cherokee Indian leader James Vann was a bustling place.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local congressmen agree with Deal

    Regarding news last week that approximately 30 unaccompanied minors from Central America, who had crossed the southern border into the United States, were sent without warning to Dalton last year and enrolled in Dalton Public Schools, Republican politicians representing portions of Murray and Whitfield Counties agree — state and local school officials deserved to know in advance, they say.

    July 26, 2014

  • Former chamber location 2 mlh.jpg Plan could cut flooding, stormwater damage in Dalton

    On a recent day, McClellan Creek flowed gently through Harlan Godfrey Civitan Park. But some park goers who live near the area say that even a mild rain can turn the creek into a torrent that eats away at their property.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Civil War anniversary: The Battle of Crow Valley, May 9-12, 1864

    The Atlanta Campaign began during the first two weeks of May 1864 in and around Dalton. Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s strategy was to target two of his armies, about 80,000 men, against Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee at Dalton. Then, while Johnston’s attention was diverted by these forces, he would secretly send his third army, about 25,000 troops under Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, in a flanking movement to the southwest through Snake Creek Gap. Sherman’s goal was to break Johnston’s railroad supply line some 15 miles south at Resaca and trap Johnston’s Confederates in Dalton.

    July 26, 2014

  • New church being  built mlh.jpg Church construction continues

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Avans.jpg Three arrested in arson plot to claim insurance money

    Three people have been arrested for their role in a fire at a Chatsworth home as part of an insurance scam to collect money, officials said.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Investigation into MFG chemical accident continues

    An investigation is still ongoing after a MFG Chemical employee was injured earlier this month at a plant on Kimberly Park Drive.

    July 25, 2014

  • Judge sets $100,000 bond for Cohutta man accused of incest, molestation

    A Cohutta man charged with incest, aggravated sodomy and child molestation was granted a $100,000 bond over the prosecutor’s objection on Friday.

    July 25, 2014