Memorial Day Weekend Events

Welcome to one of our busiest weekends of the year, as we honor the fallen and remember their sacrifices.

Saturday, we hold our 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k Race on the Marietta Square. Various volunteers will gather between 0500 and 0700. The race starts at 0730, and will last until about 10AM. Then we set up for our Memorial Celebration at Glover Park on the Square. We’ll have distinguished speakers, a POW-MIA Honor Guard ceremony, and nearly two hours of patriotic music from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday we will honor our namesake, Sgt. William Horace Orr at his grave in Mars Hill cemetery. The short ceremony will begin at 2:45 PM.

Monday, the official Marietta Memorial Day event will take place at the National Cemetery. Then at 2PM, we’ll serve our annual Memorial Day lunch to all our members and their families. Grilled chicken and grilled sausage will be provided, along with sandwich buns and toppings. Members are asked to bring picnic-style sides and deserts.

Sponsor the Guard in the 5k Race

Members of the Georgia National Guard will be out in force, running our Veterans Memorial 5k Race. Many will be in Marietta. But the Guard is currently deployed in many places, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Those deployed Guardsmen will be running simultaneously with us, and we’ll have a live video feed on the Square.

If you cannot run, but would like to sponsor a Guard member, you can do so for $20. Our registration page has an Entry Type for this.

2019 Boys State & Girls State

Georgia Boys State is a comprehensive one-week course in state and local government conducted by The American Legion Department of Georgia. Georgia Girls State is a similar but separate program, conducted by The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Georgia. Both programs are open to high school students who have completed their Junior Year.

The 2019 session of Boys State will begin May 26, 2019 and conclude June 1, 2019. Boys state will be held at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia. The 2019 session of Girls State will be June 9-14, 2019 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

Boys State and Girls State are Leadership Action Programs where qualified high school rising seniors take part in a practical government course. The program is designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon the citizen the fact that our government is just what we make it.

Please contact your local American Legion Post or your high school Guidance Counselor for more information. Applications are now being accepted. Additional information can be found at www.dogboysstate.org and georgiagirlsstate.org

Monthly Cobb Veterans Outreach Meetings

The Cobb Veterans Outreach Program has 3 meetings every month, each meeting at a different Cobb Senior Center.

The East Cobb Senior Center Veterans Meeting is held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:00 am.

East Cobb Senior Center                   (Next meeting is May 15th)

3332 Sandy Plains Road

Marietta, GA 30066

The Marietta Senior Center (Wellness Center) Veterans Meeting is held the 2ndWednesday of every month at 10:00 am.

Marietta Senior Wellness Center                 (Next meeting is May 8th)

1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100

Marietta, GA 30064 

The Freeman Poole Senior Center Veterans Meeting is held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am.

Freeman Poole Senior Center           (Next meeting is May 14th)

4025 South Hurt Road

Smyrna, GA 30082

Please contact me with any comments or questions.

Thank you,

Mike Nichols

Veteran Outreach Program Leader

RSVP Program Leader

Cobb County Senior Services

1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100

Marietta, GA 30064

mike.nichols@cobbcounty.org

770-528-1448

Fishing For Freedom 4.27.2019

The American Legion Department of Georgia, 5th District

Presents

FISHING FOR FREEDOM (F4F) 2019

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU!

To our Service Members/Veterans and Families

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Park @ Plant Wansley, Georgia Power

12 miles south of Carrollton, Ga. on Liberty Church Road

7AM – 4:00PM

This event is for Wounded Veterans, Veterans with War/Combat Related Injuries, Paralyzed Veterans and Gold Star Families.  Fishing tackle, bait, lunch and drinks provided.  Boats and guides will be available.  Limited rooms will be provided on a first call basis, NLT 15 Apr, if you live more than 150 miles away.  There is plenty of fish in the lake waiting for you!

Bring your chairs! Bring a cooler!

To register to attend, or for more information and directions please contact: 

Clarence Sinkler, Fishing for Freedom Chairman, e-mail: clarencesinkler57@gmail.com,

Cell: (678)389-1353.