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Stockbridge to bring back Memorial Day March
by Christine Fonville
May 20, 2014 02:41 PM | 1157 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Councilmen Anthony Ford and Alphonso Thomas finalize plans for the upcoming Memorial March of Stockbridge, a ceremonial walk to Memorial Park.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Councilmen Anthony Ford and Alphonso Thomas finalize plans for the upcoming Memorial March of Stockbridge, a ceremonial walk to Memorial Park.
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This Memorial Day, the city of Stockbridge and its residents will come together for a commemorative march to honor and remember veterans who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with Chick-Fil-A providing biscuits, coffee and juice for breakfast and organizers fitting participants with event T-shirts.

After discussing safety tips and offering a welcoming prayer, participants will march about one mile from the Merle Manders Center at 111 Davis Road to Memorial Park at 106 Jennings Way where a ceremony recognizing about 20 veterans buried in the cemetery will take place.

The Stockbridge Navy Junior ROTC cadets will place flags on the graves and a bugler will play the iconic musical salute “Taps.”

City councilmen Alphonso Thomas and Anthony Ford said they felt it was important to bring back the march, which did not occur in 2013, to bring the community together and honor those who paid the ultimate price.

“We were extremely disappointed that the march didn’t happen last year, but we are very pleased to bring it back,” Thomas said.

“A big part of the march’s return came from citizens who reached out to the city’s government in order to hold this event again.”

He said in past marches, about 300 or more residents participated and the city is expecting a good turnout this year.

“Even though Memorial Day is about honoring our fallen service men and women, it is also an opportunity for us to connect with veterans still living,” Thomas said.

Ford, who is a former Army colonel, agreed the holiday is about unity and camaraderie.

“Being a retired veteran myself, I feel it is an important process to acknowledge those people who’ve served our country,” he said.

“We want to honor them and their sacrifices and we definitely want to continue on with the tradition of the Memorial March every year from now on.”

The city is asking for volunteer assistance the day of the event.

Information: www.cityofstockbridge.com

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