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Memorial Day observed with events in Buckhead, Sandy Springs
by Nicole Dow
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Atlanta History Center Manager of Public Programs Ben Thomas and Marketing Director Leigh Massey use a smart phone to read a QR code on one of the podiums around Veterans Park to listen to information about the military.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Atlanta History Center Manager of Public Programs Ben Thomas and Marketing Director Leigh Massey use a smart phone to read a QR code on one of the podiums around Veterans Park to listen to information about the military.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Atlanta History Center Marketing Coordinator Martha Tye feels the weight of a replica shotgun in the 'Turning Point: The American Civil War' exhibit. A variety of items are on display to give visitors a sense of how much weight Civil War soldiers had to carry. The exhibit will be open during the Military Timeline event at the History Center Saturday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Atlanta History Center Marketing Coordinator Martha Tye feels the weight of a replica shotgun in the 'Turning Point: The American Civil War' exhibit. A variety of items are on display to give visitors a sense of how much weight Civil War soldiers had to carry. The exhibit will be open during the Military Timeline event at the History Center Saturday.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Weston Manders works in a blacksmithing barn at the Smith Family Farm on the property of the Atlanta History Center. Manders and other museum interpreters will be on hand during the Military Timeline event Saturday to to show visitors how people lived in the 1800s during the Civil War.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Weston Manders works in a blacksmithing barn at the Smith Family Farm on the property of the Atlanta History Center. Manders and other museum interpreters will be on hand during the Military Timeline event Saturday to to show visitors how people lived in the 1800s during the Civil War.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Atlanta History Center museum interpreters Stephanie Lloyd and Elisheba Fowlkes make lunch at the Smith Family Farm to show visitors how people survived during the Civil War in the 1800s.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Atlanta History Center museum interpreters Stephanie Lloyd and Elisheba Fowlkes make lunch at the Smith Family Farm to show visitors how people survived during the Civil War in the 1800s.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Atlanta History Center Marketing Coordinator Martha Tye and Manager of Public Programs Ben Thomas look at a display in the 'Turning Point: The American Civil War' exhibit, which will be open for visitors during the Military Timeline event Saturday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Atlanta History Center Marketing Coordinator Martha Tye and Manager of Public Programs Ben Thomas look at a display in the 'Turning Point: The American Civil War' exhibit, which will be open for visitors during the Military Timeline event Saturday.
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For Memorial Day, a handful of events in Buckhead and Sandy Springs will honor military personnel and veterans.

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will hold its Military Timeline program, an annual tradition for the center for more than 10 years, said spokeswoman Leigh Massey.

The program will include firing demonstrations, a trench warfare activity, military vehicle displays, an author lecture, an audio tour exhibition on the Civil War, self-guided tours of Veterans Park and Civil War encampment demonstrations. There will also be children’s crafts, re-enactors who will represent soldiers from the American Revolution to modern conflicts and opportunities to meet with veterans.

“There will be eight or more veterans sharing their stories and 20 or more interpreters around the museum and farm,” Massey said. “I hope [attendees will leave with] a greater appreciation for those who have [fought] and do fight in our military and a greater understanding of some of the sacrifices and personal tragedies that many of our veterans had to go through for our personal freedoms.”

Admission is $16.50 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, $11 for children 4 to 12 and free for members, children under 4 and those with a military identification card.

Returning for its second year is the Salute to Our Troops 5K to be held Saturday at 8 a.m. at Chastain Park in Buckhead. The race is put on by the nonprofit Charity Benevolent Fund, said organizer Larry Manuel.

Proceeds from the event will go toward providing financial assistance to local soldiers, veterans and their families.

“It will help the families who are over here with groceries and bills,” Manuel said. “And also with the soldiers, it’s going to help with their medical bills.”

He said he hopes to raise about $10,000. The fees for race participants are $25 in advance or $30 on race day. The 5K will start and end at the PATH Foundation parking lot in the park.

The Atlanta World War II Round Table will host its first Meet Our Veterans event Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Concourse Athletic Club, 8 Concourse Pkwy. in Sandy Springs.

Vietnam veteran Jerry Colley, who is co-chairing the event along with retired Col. Brent Bracewell, said he hopes it grows into an annual affair.

“The Atlanta Historical Society had a similar event, but they decided not to do it this year,” Colley said. “So [the round table] kind of picked up the flag and decided that we would do it.”

The program will start off with the presentation of the colors and will feature more than 40 exhibits and displays of military books, weapons and memorabilia, he said. Veterans of past wars and campaigns will be on hand to meet attendees. Maj. Gen. James Livingston, a Medal of Honor recipient, and Master Sgt. Carl Beck, a D-Day and Operation Market Garden paratrooper, will share their personal testimonies.

“I hope that a lot of young people will come to this event and meet these World War II heroes,” Colley said. “We’ll have 15 to 20 World War II veterans. … I think it’d be great if they can meet these World War II heroes before they’re all gone.”

There is no cost for admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the athletic club.

On the web: For information on each event, visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com, www.mycbfund.org or www.atlantawwiiroundtable.org.

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