The Henry County Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with Detachment 1339 of the Marine Corps League will have a Memorial Day service at the Veterans Wall of Honor at Heritage Park.
The guest speaker at the event will be Tommy Clack, a Vietnam veteran, who lost three limbs during one of his two tours in Vietnam. Throughout his life, he has had nearly 100 surgeries as a result of his injuries.
He has received a multitude of metals and decorations for valor and service. Clack spent more than 40 years working professionally with the military and the government.
Starting Monday at 9 a.m., participants will be welcomed by Henry County Commission Chairman Elizabeth “B.J.” Mathis, followed by a wreath presentation by World War II veteran E. Jack Turner and Vietnam veteran Jim Joyce, said Joyce, the county recreation facility coordinator.
“The wreath is in remembrance of all those who gave their lives for this country,” Joyce said.
The colors will be presented by the Ola High School ROTC detachment, the pledge of allegiance will be led by VFW Post 11576 Commander Jeff Blank and the national anthem will be sung by Union Grove High School student Chloe Glover.
The invocation will be led by Jesse Pruitt and the benediction will be led by Luke Edmondson, both of whom are with Detachment 1339 of the Marine Corps League.
Caps will be played by Randy Rawlings with Bugles Across America.
The event draws 300 to 500 people, Joyce said, more than half of them are veterans.
“We’ve always gotten very good remarks about the ceremonies that we put on,” he said. “It’s really kind of neat to watch. It’s very humbling to be a part of it, too.”
In Stockbridge, the city will be hosting its second annual Memorial March on Monday. Participants will line up at the Merle Manders Conference Center, walk down to the memorial cemetery, at which a small ceremony will be conducted. Afterwards, the march will turn around, ending at the conference center.
Event Manager Heidi Sewell said the 30- to 45-minute walk draw a crowd of slightly more than 300 in its inaugural year.
The event is free, and while registration will begin at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. walk, participants are encouraged to register online at www.cityofstockbridge.com.