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.

Some History

The American Legion’s first organizational meeting took place in Paris, France in March 1919. A caucus was held which created a temporary constitution and adopted the name The American Legion. Another organizing caucus was held in St. Louis, Missouri in May 1919, which established a constitution and proposed the permanent organization. Congress granted The American Legion a national charter in September 1919.

Horace Orr Post 29 was originally chartered as Blackjack Post 29 on September 29,1919. The name was permanently changed to Horace Orr Post 29 at the general membership meeting on April 26, 1922.

Post 29 is named in honor of Sgt. William H. Orr, the only soldier from Marietta, GA killed in World War I. Horace resided at 103 McDonald Street in Marietta. He worked as a salesman for the Dixie Culbert Metal Company in Atlanta when he was drafted. Horace reported for training at Camp Gordon in Chamblee, GA on September 22, 1917 and departed for Europe on April 10, 1918. Sgt. Orr was killed in action on October 14, 1918 in the battle of Argonne Forest in France. Horace served in the Army, Company A, 325th Infantry, 82nd Division. His parents were notified of his death in December 1918. His body was returned from France on March 2, 1922. His funeral was held Sunday March 5, 1922. He is buried in the family burial ground, now part of Mars Hill Cemetery near Acworth, GA.