Officials in charge of organizing this year’s Veterans Day program, which is to be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Griffin and last about an hour, have released more details about the ceremony.
The program will be traditional with the highlight being the awarding of the special medallions to World War II veterans who served in the Pacific Theater. Retired Brig. Gen. Bill Thielemann will have the honor of presenting the awards to the veterans.
Other events will include the recognition of the area’s veterans’ organizations and a special salute to all veterans as the five service flags are displayed. Patriotic music will be provided by Sylvia Hollums and Eric Moye.
Due to limited parking right around the park, shuttle vehicles will be running from outside parking lots to the ceremony. American Legion Post 15 officials said attendees can park at the old Cooks Shopping Center on Memorial Drive as well as in spots near the corner of Taylor and Fifth streets.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allan Imes said in a release that the American Legion has received permission from Taylor Street Middle School and Mount Zion Baptist Church for visitors to park at those locations.
Parking spots for disabled individuals will be on the road between the park and Stonewall Cemetery as well as at the Griffin-Spalding County Public Library. From there, escorts will assist people in crossing the road to get to the park. Members of the Civil Air Patrol, who will be wearing blue uniforms, will be assisting police with parking as well.
Imes said American flags will be put up in the park Sunday at 7:30 a.m. by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5448, and anyone who wants to help is welcome to do so.