McDONOUGH – Henry County and its cities are taking action to honor those who have served this country in the armed forces.
For example, the city of Hampton has continued its tradition of lining the downtown streets with hundreds of crosses.
The crosses honor Hampton residents who have served in every conflict since World War I more than 100 years ago.
Hampton residents Larry and Nita Rucker, Charlie and Cindy Hearn, Bill and Linda Dodgen and Henry and Wanda Byrd are part of the committee responsible for the crosses, and volunteers often help with the project.
Last year, Larry Rucker said they see it as a way to honor all of the city’s veterans.
“It shows that we all appreciate what they have done in service to this country,” he said.
In Stockbridge, veterans will be honored with a parade and a luncheon.
The city of Stockbridge will hold its annual Veterans Day parade on Monday, and hold a luncheon for the city’s veterans.
The event on Monday is intended to celebrate and recognize the men and women who have served this country.
The parade is a 1.5-mile march down N. Henry Boulevard, which will pass Stockbridge City Hall and cross the MLK Sr. Memorial Bridge. The procession continues down Burke Street and concludes at the Merle Manders Conference Center.
Walk-up registration and check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., the lineup will start at 8 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m.
Immediately following the parade, the city will hold a luncheon for its veterans in the ballroom of the Merle Manders Conference Center. Pre-registration for the luncheon is required and is open to veterans only.
To register for the parade and for the veterans only luncheon, visit cityofstockbridge.com.
In Henry County, a ceremony will be held at the Veterans Wall of Honor at Heritage Park, located at 101 Lake Dow Road in McDonough at 11 a.m.
This year’s keynote speaker is Lee Stuart, LTC U.S. Army Retired.
Stuart was a U.S. Army Officer with more than 30 years of service spanning from 1967 to 2008. He was drafted in 1967 and went to Vietnam where he served as a Pathfinder with the ARVN Rangers in the Mekong Delta and was later transferred to the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade.
He has served in many combat leadership positions from private to battalion commander. He flew AH-1G Cobra gunships for the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, is a qualified master parachutist, infantry, Ranger, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Scuba, and Special Operations Aviator.
He has been involved in numerous combat operations during his 32 years of service. In 1989 he was selected to serve with 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (SFOD) “Delta” as their Senior Special Operations Aviation Officer. In 1991 he served as the Executive Officer of the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st 82nd Attack (Apache) Battalion and deployed them to “Desert Shield/Desert Storm.” He served in several key senior leadership positions with NATO and the US Army throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East until December 2008.