Memorial Day Service Set for May 27
A Memorial Day Service will be held at the Veterans Wall of Honor on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. to honor and remember the men and women in our military who paid the ultimate price for America’s freedom. This year’s service is being hosted by Detachment 1339 Marine Corps League.
The Guest Speaker will be Gunnery Sergeant Hiers, a 10-time recipient of the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal along with numerous other awards and commendations. Throughout his 22-year career, Hiers served as an infantryman for 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, a Radar Technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31, and completed numerous deployments to Saudi Arabia and Bosnia- Herzegovina during Operation Desert Storm and Deny Flight/Provide Promise. Gunnery Sergeant Hiers completed his career as a Career Recruiter attached to Recruiting Station Atlanta, having recruited more than 150 individuals and become a member of the United States Marine Corps Centurion Club.
The Memorial Day service will also include a presentation of the colors by the Henry County NJROTC Warhawk Battalion. Senior Vice Commandant Silas Brown with Detachment 1339 Marine Corps. League will provide the welcome, and the Daughters of the American Revolution will present a proclamation in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. A wreath will be presented in honor of all veterans by Melvin Hawkins, escorted by members of the Henry County Leathernecks Marine Corp League Detachment 1339. The National Anthem will be sung by Destiny Sierra Sealey and Jesse Pruitt from Detachment 1339 Marine Corps. League will read a poem.
To complement the ceremony, there will be a special display in the Veterans Historical Museum featuring equipment and weapons used in Vietnam, and information about the U.S. Military during the period. The displays will be provided by “Kelly’s Zeroes” an outstanding group from Dahlonega that specializes in impressions from WWI to present.
The Veterans’ Wall of Honor is located at Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road, just off Highway 81 East in McDonough. The Veterans Historical Museum is also located inside the park in the red barn. For more information, visit www.veteranswallofhonor.org