According to a press release from the committee, Col. John King, commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Georgia Army National Guard, will be the featured speaker at the event. One of the oldest units in U.S. Army history, the 48th BCT has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
A special recognition will be given to the family of Spc. Johnathon Davis — a young soldier from Griffin who died on March 29 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
JROTC students from Spalding High School and Griffin High School as well as Sea Cadets and Boy Scouts will conduct ceremonies honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Ceremonies dedicating casket flags of deceased veterans will also be conducted.
The program will also feature special music, highlighted by songs from the Rev. CC Hinton, chaplain of the local Marine Corps League.
The Military Affairs Committee is advising that although bleachers will be on site, it is recommended that attendees bring lawn chairs.
Organizers also advise that in case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds Building on South Hill Street, next to the National Guard Armory.