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i r orter 1 November 14, 2018 Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Boli gbroke Culloden Smarr i" MONROE COUNTY No i5 Hours Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of CommerCe@ill hold Business After Hours at Charlie Pelt's State Farm Office, 12 East Johnston Street, Forsyth at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 where it will be co-hosted by City Line Commercial Hold" #, ingsi LLC. Comemeet ot~ b~iness owners :bXchange ideasl Nov. 17 Fall Family Clean' up Day Beautify Forsyth will coordinate a Fall' Family Clean-up Day on Saturday, Nov. 1Z Volunteers should meet at 10 a.m. at the Wekome Center on North Lee Street, where T-shirts and water W! II be dis- {Fibute United Way ' Of Middle Georgia encourages the event in conjunction with its Community Engage- ment efbrt. For more information, call 478- 994-774Z Boston Butt Fund- miser There will be a Boston Butt Fun- draiser to benefit the Georgia Prison Warden's Associa- tion's: scholarships for Georgia Department of Correction employ- ees and their families. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Welcome Center, 68 North Lee St Forsyth, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. until Nov. 17. Pick up is at the front entry building of Burruss CTC from 8 a.m.-12 noon on Tuesday, Nov. 20. For more information, call Eugenia Harrison at 404,354-0310 or Adrian Howard at 478 -994-7577 Nov. 19 Monroe County GOP to meet Monroe County Republican Party will meet on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, 10 W. "Chambers Street, Forsyth. The GOP wilt honor veterans in at- tendance and discuss the run-off electrons to be held Dec. 4. Bring personal sized toilet- ries to be donated to Home Port Veterans Transition Home in Macon - By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef In spite of chilly, wet weather Monroe County's Veterans Day Program attracted enough people to fill the Monroe County Clubhouse, where the event was moved indoors. The program was changed from the traditional Nov. 11 to Monday, Nov. 12 because of the conflict with Sunday religious services at 11 a.m. On Nov. 11, 1918 the armistice that ended World War I, the "war to end all wars" was signed. This Veterans Day celebrated the 100th an- niversary of the signing as it honored all veterans of U.S. military service. During the program veterans from the different branches of service were asked to stand, and there were veterans present from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Veterans were present who had served in the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf. "We appreciate you not just on Veterans Day but every day" said Dr. Priscilla Doster, mistress of ceremonies for the pro- gram. Doster noted that it was appropriate that the pro- gram was honoring veter- ans in inclement weather since they had been on call 24/7 in all kinds of weather to defend American freedoms. She said 2018 was the 9th Veterans Day program since the dedica- tion of the Monroe County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn. It now has 659 pavers engraved with names of veterans with connections to Mon- roe County. More pavers are added whenever there are orders for at least 20. "We are here to honor and remember their sacrifices and the courage it takes to answer the call of duty" said Rep. Robert Dickey, keynote speaker. "I want to say thank you to their family members as well" Dickey shared the sto- ries of two of his family members who fought in WWI before that armistice was signed a century ago. One of them came home and one did not. He said that both of them had an impact on him and on the generations of his family that followed them. His great great uncle, a young 2Lt, died three weeks before the signing of the armistice. His great great grandfather came home and lived so that he was able to share stories with Dickey about his time dur- ing WWI. He was a stu- dent and a football player at University of Georgia, but the football season was cancelled in the fall of 1917 because so many players had left to join the military. He told about the swell of patriotism that sent young men marching from their graduation to enlist. Dickey talked about the innocent lives that were lost on 9/11 and the heroes who ran toward, instead of away from, the disaster. "Veterans know what it is to stand guard while others sleep" said Dickey. "Freedom is never free. Freedom does not happen by chance. This is not just a day for veterans; it is a day for all Americans to reflect" About 20-25 members of the Mary Persons Bulldog Brigade marching band and color guard, led by Director Eric Thompson, performed at the program, adding to its impact. They welcomed those arriv- ing with patriotic music, played "The Star Spangled Banner" "God Bless Amer- ica" and "Taps" to close the program. Mary Persons Junior ROTC presented the colors and retired the flags at the beginning and end of the Veterans Day program. Nolen Howard brought the cap his grandfather, Nolen McCrary, wore in WWI, a physical tie be- tween Monroe County and the war that ended 100 years ago. McCrary served in France during WWI with the 151st Battalion. Extending greetings from the city of Forsyth, Mayor Pro Tem Julius Stroud, who retired from the U.S. Pers0nS JROTC color guard, left, presents the colors at the Veterans Day program. On stage,left to right, are Julius Stroud, Robert Dickey, Glover Stuart, Dr. Priscilla Doster, Rev. Glenn Gregg, Dulcie Whitaker, Amanda Garnett and Rev. Hambric Brooks. Elijah Jenkins, center, leads the American's Creed at the Monroe County Veterans Day pro- gram on Nov. 12. Army with 21 years of singing the song led by Memorial could not be service, said he felt privi- Rev. Glenn Gregg of First held during the program, leged to look out over the Baptist Church Forsyth. but the wreaths were veterans in attendance and The pledge to the U.S. displayed at the program say that Monroe County flag was led by Amanda and placed at the Memo- answered the bell. Garnett, the pledge to rial afterward. Veterans Doster said that in this the Georgia flag was led were invited to a dinner in day and time America by Dulcie Whitaker and their honor hosted by the has a great need to turn the American's Creed was Lt. James Monroe chapter to God; so she included led by Elijah Jenkins, all of the Daughters of the "God Bless America" on members of local patriotic American Revolution on the program twice. The groups. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the second time those pres- The traditional laying Conley Building. ent were asked to join in of wreaths at the Veterans See CALENDAR Page 4C Veterans and others Diane Glidewell) in attendance join the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag during the Veterans Day program at Monroe County Clubhouse. (Photos/