The Union Recorder

November 8, 2013

Veterans honored for service, sacrifice

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia War Veterans Home (GWVH) will join Americans all over the nation Monday to honor the men and women who have served their country. The GWVH will observe Veterans Day next week and invites the local community to enjoy the annual parade, program and luncheon at no charge.

“I encourage all Americans to honor veterans who gave us our freedom and rights. This is just a little bit we can do for them when they’ve done so much for us,” said Wanda Blackwell, recreation services director at the GWVH. “Families of the veterans who come are really touched by the program as well.”

The program will begin at 11 a.m. at the Russell Building. The Georgia Military College band will present a concert before Ernie Simons of the Department of Veterans Services delivers a welcome. The invocation will be by Connie Graham, Peach South regional chaplain. 

The Cadet’s Prayer will be led by cadet Caitlin Settle of GMC followed by a presentation of colors from the GMC color guard and the national anthem by the GMC band. Baldwin High School NJROTC students will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and GMC cadet Reagan Thorton will lead the rendition of “God Bless America.”

GWVH Executive Director Dennis Mize will introduce guests before Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley reads a proclamation and guest speaker Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. is welcomed. Pruitt is the chairman and CEO of the United Health Services-Pruitt Corporation, which operates the GWVH for the Department of Veterans Services. He also serves as a regent on the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.

GMC cadet Sarah McTyre will lead “America The Beautiful.” There will be a demonstration by the Baldwin High School drill team and those passing in review include: the GMC Cadet Corps, Baldwin High School NJROTC, Sons of the American Revolution and the GWVH Platoon.

The Veterans Day program will conclude with a lunch at the Birdsong Recreation Center for all participants and the community.

“Last year we served around 500, and this year we’re planning for around 800,” Blackwell said. “These veterans are honored everyday at the [GWVH]. This program is special for them because the community and different organizations in the community come to honor them as well.”

For more information about the event call 478-445-5672.

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