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Veterans Day observances underway

Local veterans have a full slate of Veterans Day activities planned for them today. Take time to salute them and honor their sacrifice. The observance schedule follows: The Lamar school system will host a breakfast for vets at 7 a.m. at the Fine Arts Center green room followed by a program at 8:30 a.m., led by the JROTC recognizing all veterans and uniformed soldiers. The speaker will be Dr. Curtis Jones, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County school system. The high school band and chorus are also to perform. The elementary school will recognize veterans with a special Veteran’s Day program presented by students and faculty. The morning program will begin at 9 a.m. and the afternoon program will be at 1:45 p.m. Both will be held in the school cafeteria. In between will be the annual official observance at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on Thomaston Street in Barnesville in front of the library. A luncheon honoring veterans will be held afterward at the civic center. The luncheon is sponsored by American Legion Post 25. A halftime ceremony honoring vets is also planned during Lamar County’s first round football playoff game at Trojan Field that night. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. The Atlanta Falcons are getting in on the act. Arrangements are being made for World War II vets to attend the Atlanta Falcons game with the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on Sunday Nov. 13, where they will appear on the field at halftime to be honored for their service. The Falcons will provide luxury buses, meals and a large suite at the Dome for the vets and their guests. For information call Mark Stone at 770-358-6939 or Joseph Hudson at 678-359-1179.

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