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Citizens to honor Veteran’s Day at Heritage Park in McDonough
by Christine Fonville
November 05, 2013 07:04 PM | 1129 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Heritage Park Veterans Museum volunteers Bill Steele, Jim Joyce, and Otis Hicks stand at the Veterans Wall of Honor in McDonough where various Veterans Day events will take place.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Heritage Park Veterans Museum volunteers Bill Steele, Jim Joyce, and Otis Hicks stand at the Veterans Wall of Honor in McDonough where various Veterans Day events will take place.
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Henry County residents can pay tribute to and honor military heroes this Veteran’s Day at Heritage Park in McDonough.

Special events, including reenactments and extended hours for the Heritage Park Veterans Museum will be going on throughout the weekend with a tribute ceremony scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Wall of Honor.

Jim Joyce, museum volunteer and veteran, said attendees can expect to see history “come alive” with the many reenactments and performances going on in the park.

“Visitors will get to see an authentic World War II encampment and witness what it was like overseas for our fighting soldiers; these performers will be here all weekend doing the reenactments rain or shine,” he said.

Joyce said other displays will also take visitors back in time.

“People will be in period dress from WWII and there will be displays called ‘The Home-front’ that will show what life was like back home for families in the 1940s who were also affected by the war,” he said.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, a reenactor will recreate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Day of Infamy” speech.

On Saturday and Sunday, attendees can take a guided tour through the museum, located in the park, beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 6 p.m.

The hours have been extended from the normal 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. times to accommodate the expected crowds and to celebrate the facility’s third anniversary.

The museum opened on Veteran’s Day in 2010.

Visitors can also purchase unique, military art pieces, including photography, paintings and autographed pieces, which will be on display in the museum throughout the weekend.

On Veteran’s Day, a ceremony at the Wall of Honor in the park will include music, ROTC demonstrations from students at Henry County and Eagle’s Landing high schools and military speakers.

Museum volunteer and veteran Billy Steele said the event is an “American tradition that brings people of every generation together.”

“It takes us all back in time for a little while; we have veterans that come out and are 90 years old and students who participate in the ceremony as well and its always an honor to carry on this tradition,” he said.

If you go:
What: Veteran’s Day events
When: Saturday through Monday
Where: Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road
Cost: free
Information: www.co.henry.ga.us/parksrecreation

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