Video Proof

The website, Eblast, and Newsletter team does our best to share all of our events with you. But the addition of a professional photographer to our team has taken our game to a new level.

Check out this short video of some of our activities in 2019.

Cemetery Cleanup

Post 29 has adopted the Shiloh Cemetery. Shiloh Cemetery is located near the intersection of Dallas Highway and Barrett Parkway. Shiloh is home to many veterans graves, many are quite old.

Our volunteer crew, founded by Past Commander Bill Beaudin and now organized by Jeff Garland, does a great job keeping the graves of our fallen comrades in honorable condition.

The next cleanup will be Saturday August 31st beginning at 8AM. The crew picks up trash, mows the grass, and pulls weeds. Please join us and bring a rake, shovel, mower, or other lawn tools. RSVP to Jeff Garland at Jeff.Garland @ amerisbank.com

Georgia Military Hall of Fame Nominations


Nominations are being accepted for the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame (GMVHOF). The GMVHOF is a non-profit organization with the mission of honoring Georgia Veterans and is currently accepting nominations for 2019. If you know any Veterans, please consider nominating them to this rare and noble hall of fame. Eligibility: Living or deceased Veterans who served in one of the five branches of the military and was either born in Georgia, or entered the military in Georgia, or have lived in Georgia for at least ten years. A Veteran may be nominated in one of three categories: VALOR – Heroic action(s) in combat; ACHIEVEMENT – Significant contribution to the military while in service; SERVICE – Significant contribution to mankind after military service. Nomination packets are accepted through the last Friday in August. All packets are automatically considered for up to three years with no additional effort required after initial submission. The GMVHOF is in the Floyd Veterans Building across the street from the Georgia Capital Building. For additional information and / or questions go to the GMVHOF website (http://www.GMVHOF.org) or contact GMVHOF Founder & Director, Paul Longgrear @ PaulLonggrear@yahoo.com; C: 706-302-2220 or GMVHOF Co-Director & Chairman of the Board, Rick White @ rickwhite4750@gmail.com; C: 678-427-0915

Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame

PO Box 475

Pine Mountain, GA 31822

http://www.GMVHOF.org

WHY, WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW

* WHY

The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) – Mission Statement: “The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame exists only to Honor Georgia Veterans and to Educate Georgia Youth and Citizens about real Heroes.”

* WHO

The GMVHOF is an organization that is:

– Georgia Military Veteran Focused

– Not in receipt of any government financial support: No tax money from any source is sought or accepted.

– Non-Profit: IRS approved 501 (c) (3) / IRS ID # 46-2025738

– State of Georgia Recognized, Authorized, and Approved:

Georgia Secretary of State – Approved – 20 February 2013

Georgia Senate – Resolution – 22 March 2013

Georgia House of Representatives – Resolution – 18 February 2015

* WHAT

– A “Veteran” is one that possesses an Honorable Discharge and a DD Form 214 from the active or reserve component of the

US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard.

– A “Georgia Veteran” is one that was either Born in Georgia, or Entered the military in Georgia, or Lived in Georgia for at least

ten years.

– A Georgia Veteran, alive or deceased, may be nominated in one of the following three categories:

VALOR – Heroic action(s) in combat for which an award(s) for heroism was awarded

ACHIEVEMENT – Significant contribution to the well-being of the military while in service

SERVICE – Significant contribution to the local community, state, or nation after leaving the military

* WHEN

The GMVHOF Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet is held each year in November at which time approximately 15 Georgia Veterans are inducted. Since 2013, 100 Georgia Veterans have been inducted (’13: 18; ’14: 16; ’15: 15; ’16: 17; ’17: 17; ’18: 17).

* WHERE

The GMVHOF, with the citations and photos of 100 Georgia Veterans (to date), is located on the Plaza and Balcony Lobby levels of the Floyd Veterans Memorial Building (Twin Towers) at 2 Martin Luther King Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30034. The Floyd Building is across the street from the Georgia Capital Building and is open Mon – Fri, 6 AM – 6 PM, closed Sat & Sun.

* HOW

Nomination Packets: The GMVHOF can accept Nomination Packets through COB of the last Friday in August for the Induction Ceremony to be held in November of that year. Once it has been determined that the Nomination Packets are complete, only the Cover Letters are electronically forwarded to an Independent Selection Committee (ISC). The ISC members do not know each other, never meet as group, never communicate with each other in any manner, and must not reveal the fact that they serve on the ISC. This insures a totally un-biased, un-influenced, “blind”, and fair process. All packets are automatically considered for up to three consecutive years with no additional effort required after initial submission. Mail Nomination Packets to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822.

Donations: All donations that are received by the GMVHOF are used only to honor Veterans. Donations of any amount will generate a receipt to the Donor as long as their contact information is provided. All donations are tax deductible (IRS ID # 46-2025738). Donations may be mailed to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822. .

* POCs / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION For additional information and / or questions go to the GMVHOF website (http://www.GMVHOF.org) or contact: GMVHOF Founder & Director: Paul Longgrear / Email: PaulLonggrear@yahoo.com / Cell: 706-302-2220 GMVHOF Co-Director & Chairman of the Board: Rick White / Email: rickwhite4750@gmail.com / Cell: 678-427-0915

* Timeline for each year:

– Each year, the last Friday in August is the Final Cutoff Date for that year’s Nomination Packets to the GMVHOF.

– Each year, the first Saturday in November is the Annual GMVHOF Induction Ceremony & Banquet in Columbus, GA.

For 2019: The Seventh Annual Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Banquet will be held in Columbus, GA on Saturday, 2 November 2019 beginning at 6 PM in the Saint Luke Ministry Center (301 11th St.). This annual event is open to the public. Prices: Individual – $55; Table of Eight (8) – $400; Table of Nine (9) $450; Table of Ten (10) – $500. Reservations or Donations may be made through PayPal at: http://www.GMVHOF.org or by mailing a check to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 and/or by calling Colonel (Ret) Paul Longgrear @ C: 706-302-2220 or H: 706-663-7004.

Cobb Veterans Memorial

The Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation is working to bring a suitable veterans memorial to Cobb County. This important issue will be discussed at the Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting on June 25th at 7PM.
BOC Regular Meetings are held at 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, GA 30090, in the 2nd Floor Public Meeting Room.

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.

Witness To War

Witness to War Looking for Combat Veterans to Share Their Stories

Are you a combat veteran? Do you know a combat veteran? The Witness to War Foundation will conduct FREE video interviews October 29-November 2 to preserve the oral histories of combat veterans, honor their service and promote the education of military history for future generations. A copy of all interviews is given to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.
“It is about the ‘foxhole’ or ‘windshield’ view of combat as seen by the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who experienced it. It is about the fear, the emotions, the training, and the previously untapped wells of personal courage that enabled ordinary individuals to survive, and in some cases thrive, under extraordinary pressures and almost unimaginable danger,” according to their website.
The Witness to War Foundation is dedicated to understanding, as much as possible, what it was like to ‘be there.’ To date, the Foundation has helped capture the stories of over 2,400 veterans across the country. To schedule your interview, please call Mike Nichols at 770-528-1448. Veterans from all conflicts are welcome to participate.

Horace Orr Centennial Remembrance

The Centennial Committee Team 100 of Horace Orr Post 20, Inc. will host a Remembrance Ceremony at the grave of our namesake Sgt. William Horace Orr. Orr was the first person from Marietta killed in WWI. He was killed in action October 14, 1918 while leading a charge on a machine gun nest in the Battle of Argonne Forest in France. Our POW/MIA Honor Guard will be on hand to participate in the ceremony at Mars Hill Cemetery in Acworth on October 14, 2018 at 11AM.