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HMAC begins making plans for Fourth of July celebration
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The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee already is planning how it will support Fort Stewart’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

During its Monday meeting, HMAC members P.J. and Melinda Schneider talked about preparations for the event, including plans to provide up to 15,000 meals.

The Schneiders told the committee that during the week prior to the event, Fort Stewart will celebrate Marne Week in conjunction with the installation’s annual celebration of the nation’s independence.

Other business discussed during this month’s meeting included distribution of razor blades to veterans’ groups and a confirmation by HMAC Chairman David Anderson that Frank Cochran Drive will be called Veterans Parkway beginning May 1.

News from other veterans’ organizations included a Disabled American Veterans Chapter 46 event called Veterans Helping Veterans, which will take place Saturday at Fort Stewart’s Post Exchange and Commissary and the Hinesville Walmart. There also will be a Walk for Shelter event hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Liberty Chapter 789 on April 6. Chad Chaffee said proceeds for the event will go to the Liberty County Homeless Coalition.

Lastly, Dennis Fitzgerald of the American Legion East Liberty Post said Legion members are considering changing the date of the annual Veterans Day parade this year as the holiday falls on a Sunday.

He also said the Legion will provide turkey shoot competitions beginning in April, and noted the Liberty County Veterans Council has been disbanded because it duplicated efforts by other veterans groups.

The next HMAC meeting is at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Hinesville Police Department.

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