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Memorial Day Ceremony 2017

Memorial Day Ceremony

Join the City of Smyrna for Memorial Day at 20th Century Veterans Memorial on May 29, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. The Smyrna ceremony is organized by the Smyrna Veterans Committee and it is those members of the community who officiate. Join us on this day to honor and appreciate our commitment to peace through strength and sacrifice.

Seating will start at 8:30 a.m. and pre-ceremony/ceremony activities will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Smyrna Community Center (200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, 30080).

The ceremony is sponsored by the City of Smyrna, Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160 and Smyrna Rotary. The ceremony is a public event and all are invited to attend and participate in this memorial service to honor those who have sacrificed in defense of our nation. For information regarding the Memorial, please see the listing under Parks & Recreation Facilities. You may also visit the Facebook page for the Smyrna Veterans Committee (organizing committee for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony).

The 2017 Ceremony marks the 100th Anniversary of America's entry into World War 1. World War 1 started in August 1914, as France, Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Serbia, the British Empire and others went to war. What was expected to be a quick and decisive war became a long and costly stalemate where millions died or were wounded.

The United States joined the fight on April 6, 1917 and a year passed before the American Expeditionary Forces saw real action. In all of the wars in which America participated, there have been 651,008 battle deaths and about 1.2 million deaths overall. Approximately 42 million of our men and women have served in military during wartime. (Stats and war entry information provided by the Ceremony Committee).

The Ceremony Committee invites you to attend the ceremony, and view displays of military equipment which will include current and vintage military and security vehicles and weaponry, a US Marine Patrol Boat, H3 Hummer and Rock Wall and other attractions.

The Georgia Army National Guard Band, Campbell High School JROTC, and USAF Honor Guard will all be participating in the ceremony.  This year’s featured speakers is MG (Select) Jesse Simmons, Jr. and CPT Donna Rowe, Vietnam theater US Army Nurse Corps.

Ceremony sponsors include The City of Smyrna, Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160, Northwest Speakers, Smyrna Rotary Club, Jonquil City Kiwanis, Chick-fil-A of South Cobb, and JWC Real Estate.

The event is scheduled for the Smyrna Veterans Memorial (use City Hall address of 2800 King Street, Smyrna Ga 3008 for web-offered directions). The Memorial is between City Hall and the Smyrna Public Library. There is no charge for the Ceremony and parking is free. The rain location is the Smyrna Community Center.

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