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Tribute to Korean War vets is Saturday

Barnesville Remembers: A tribute to our Korean War veterans, will be held Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at the Fine Arts Center. It is being presented by the Rotary Club of Barnesville. The program will begin with the introduction of colors by Leon Ross, president of the Atlanta Pipe Band. Presentation of colors will be done by the Base Honor Guard. After the National Anthem is sung, the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Lynn Rollins, state commander of the American Legion. The invocation will be given by World War II veteran and Rotarian Hayward Cox. Welcoming remarks and resolutions will be presented by Barnesville Mayor Peter Banks and county commissioner Charles Glass. Also speaking will be Sen. Ronnie Chance, Rep. Johnny Caldwell Jr. and Mike Roby. An 8 bells ceremony and the laying of the wreath will be done by Bill Freeman, who served 930 days as a prisoner of war, and Sgt. Chris Bennett and Sgt. Joe Walker of the National Guard 148th Brigade and 48th Battalion. Eight Bells is the traditional way of saying a sailor’s watch is over. The sounding of the ship’s bell marked time onboard and divided the day into shifts or ‘watches’ for the crew. At the end of the last shift, or last watch, eight bells rang out to signify all is well and it is a sailor’s time for rest. ’Our Flag’ will be presented by Al Lipphardt, Veterans of Foreign Wars Georgia 3rd District commander and past governor of Rotary District 6900. The guest speakers will be retired Army Capt. Tommy Clack who will speak on ‘Freedom Is not Free’ and Sunny Park, a Korean businessman and USO Patriot Award winner who was instrumental in constructing the National Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. After an Armed Forces medley, Ross will perform Amazing Grace and Maj. Leslie Holmes will give the benediction. The ceremony will end with ‘Taps’ played by Ryan Augsten of the Gordon State College orchestra. After the ceremony the Garden Patch restaurant will offer all veterans a free lunch. Committee members putting on Barnesville Remembers include cochairmen Michael McMillan and Mark Stone, Dan Gunter, Charles Glass, documentarian Truman Boyle, veteran communications and registrations worker Kent Kingsley, public relations, graphics and literature worker Donna Andrews, school superintendent Dr. Bill Truby and Southern Rivers Energy communications specialist Erin Cook. Sponsors are SRE, Mitch’s Automotive, United Bank, Rotary Club of Barnesville, Woodmen of the World, Petro and State Farm. Also taking part are Boy Scouts Troop 17, the high school JROTC and Maj. Paul Stinson, Rotarian volunteers, Fine Arts Center production crew, Barnesville fire and police departments, EMTs, Lamar sheriff’s office, Patriot Guard Riders, Barnesville, Kenny Roberts, Girl Scouts, Troop 149, community volunteers, The Herald Gazette, Rock Ranch for providing military vehicles, and Reflections Photography.

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