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.

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