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Veteran's Day activities this weekend

November 10, 2017--7:02 a.m.

Staff reports

This weekend Northwest Georgia will honor all of the men and women who have served our nation in uniform.

The annual Veteran’s Day Service at Myrtle Hill Cemetery begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson will be the guest speaker.

There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Tomb of the Known Soldier, Charles Graves.

The Exchange Club of Rome’s annual Veteran’s Day program is also Saturday at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.

“We will have military equipment there,” according to John Fortune with the Exchange Club. “The Georgia National Guard is bringing in some of their heavy-duty trucks. This time he is offering some truck rides and some Humvee rides for a dollar or two dollars. His intent is to make some money to give us a donation. We have Richard Riggs who has a 16 table military historical collection that he will bring up there. He is very knowledgeable about what he has, and if you stop in front of something, he will give you a history of the item.”

The Disabled American Veterans and a representative from the Georgia Veteran’s Administration will also be on hand.

“They are going to show veterans the forms they need to bring when they do a VA claim,” Fortune added. “The problem is, when you go to the VA, depending on your experience with them, it’s a paperwork frustration. So, these guys are going to sit down and show you what you need to bring before you file a claim, so it doesn’t get kicked back the first time because you left out a piece of paper."

There will also be a car show during the program which will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.

Also, Saturday, The Vietnam Veterans of Bartow County will host a Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am in downtown Cartersville.

Anyone interested in participating should arrive by 9 am at the Frank Moore Administration building for staging. No advance registration is required.

The parade will begin at the Frank Moore Administration Building and travel Church Street to Tennessee Street to MLK and finally ending at the American Legion building.