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Thank a vet on Thursday
Ceremonies set for Veterans Day
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Liberty County Veteran of the Year Paul Spence walks in last weekend's parade for Veterans Day. - photo by Photo by Lawrence Dorsey
There are ample opportunities to thank a veteran for their service to country on Veterans Day. A number of Veterans Day observances and events are being held today and tomorrow in Liberty County and across the coastal region.
“People should stop and observe. They need to reflect on the sacrifices all soldiers have made so we (Americans) can enjoy the way we are living,” said Roy Owens, master of ceremonies for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6602 in Hinesville. The local VFW chapter will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the post headquarters, off Highway 196.
 “We are expecting several young veterans out here,” Owens said. “There will probably be 20 to 25 (veterans groups) that are actually involved in the ceremony. We are expecting a crowd of 200-250.”
He said the post also has invited elected officials from local and state governments to attend the observance.
“The ladies auxiliary will do a silent tribute. There will be a wreath laying ceremony and a ringing of the bell at the 11th hour,” Owens said.
He said all veterans will be recognized, especially those who fought in World War II and the Korean War as the men and women of that generation are now passing away.
Maj. Domenic Clemanti with Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is scheduled to speak, Owens said. The 4th IBCT Color Guard will post the colors and the 3rd ID Band Jazz Ensemble will perform, he added. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Area schools will hold Veterans Day observances today and tomorrow, Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said Monday.
In Bryan County, Bryan County Elementary School will begin its observance this morning at 8:30. The 3rd ID Band brass quintet will perform. Richmond Hill High School’s program will begin at 9 a.m. today. 3rd Sustainment Brigade rear detachment commander Lt. Col. James Brown will speak.
Various community events will also be held across the area to honor service men and women, Larson said.
Savannah’s Veterans Day parade begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Fort Stewart leaders Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Ashmen will participate along with 200 soldiers and the 3rd ID Color Guard. Phillips and Ashmen are also scheduled to attend the Military Order of the World Wars Massing of the Colors ceremony at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in Savannah. A 3rd ID Color Guard, the 3rd ID Band brass quintet, a Fort Stewart chaplain, and the Hunter Army Airfield historic fire truck are also slated for the event.
In Richmond Hill, a Veterans Day program will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Lt. Col. Eugenia Guilmartin, 385th Military Police Battalion commander, and the 385th MP Color Guard are scheduled to appear.
In the neighboring city of Vidalia, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team rear detachment commander Maj. Scott Virgil and the 1st HBCT Color Guard will participate in a Veterans Day program tomorrow at 11 a.m.
For those who would like to be active on Veterans Day, a Veterans Day Golf Scramble is being held tomorrow at Taylors Creek Golf Course to benefit the Hinesville and Savannah chapters of the Disabled American Veterans, according to the 3rd ID Facebook page. The scramble will consist of four-person teams. Registration is at 8 a.m. at the driving range with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $50 per person. Tournament prizes and door prizes will be awarded and lunch will be served at the completion of play. The scramble is open to the first 25 teams registered. To register, contact John Wise at or call 435-8098 or register at Taylors Creek Club House.
Area foodies can give back to veterans on Veterans Day by enjoying a meal at Chili’s restaurant in Hinesville. Chili’s will host a Give Back Day in support of Wreaths for Warriors Walk from 11 .a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of profits to Wreaths for Warriors Walk. Coupons must be presented at the time of payment. Coupons can be found on the Coastal Courier’s Facebook page.
 The Fourth Annual Wreaths for Warriors Walk Ceremony will take place at noon Dec. 11 at Fort Stewart’s Cottrell Field. During the yearly wreath laying Christmas wreaths are placed before fallen soldiers’ memorial trees along Warriors Walk.
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