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Multiple Veterans Day events on tap locally

Multiple events are planned locally Wednesday, Nov. 11 as the B-LC community observes Veterans Day. The annual observance at the Veterans Memorial in front of the library will begin at the traditional hour of 11 a.m. Lt. Col. Mike Howard, U.S. Army (Ret.) will give the keynote address. Lt. Col. Howard is a Barnesville resident and native who served many years in the Army. He received an associate degree from Gordon Military College and went on to earn a BA in business management from National Louis University. His post-graduate degree in statistical quality control was earned at Georgia Tech. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He served as manufacturing manager at the General Tire Aldora plant. Howard and his wife, Jane, have two daughters, six grandchildren and a greatgranddaughter. Bob Richardson, commander of American Legion Post 25, said the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by William Parker, senior vice commander for the Fourth District American Legion. Arthur Buffington will give the opening prayer. Firefighters will put up the large American flag for the event and the Barnesville Police Department is providing the color guard. Pike County High School student Autumn Clark, 16, will sing the National Anthem. Richardson said two Gold Star mothers, May Jean Mann and Patsy Rabuck, will attend. After the observance, a meal will be served at the civic center by the VFW and American Legion auxiliaries. The Rotary Club is assisting with the meal. Following the meal, the National Roll Call will be observed on the Gordon State College campus. ‘This is a nationwide event that started in 2011. We will read a list of the fallen from Lamar County and surrounding counties who were killed in action dating back to World War II,’ said Christopher Deal, president of the GSC student veterans association. Brigadier General Larry Dudney of the Georgia National Guard will give the keynote address. Maj. Patricia Justice (U.S. Army), a GSC nursing grad who earned a Purple Heart, will be the alumni speaker. The LCHS ROTC unit, led by Maj. Paul Stinson, will provide the color guard. Athens Carter will play ‘˜Taps’. Carter has performed with the Baltimore Symphony and has a master’s degree in trumpet performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Over 1000 flags will line the sidewalks on and around Lambdin Green on campus for the event. Lamar County Elementary School will also host a Veterans Day program. It will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 on campus.

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