McDONOUGH — In honor of those who have died while serving in the armed forces, several events are planned for Memorial Day.

All county and city buildings will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday. Below is a list of events in Henry County:


Henry County’s annual Memorial Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Wall of Honor.

The keynote speaker will be Col. Robert Guy, U.S. Army (Retired). Guy was Georgia Congressman Robert G. Stephens’ first appointee to the United States Military Academy.

The Memorial Day service will also include various musical interludes provided by Ralph Guthrie, Sergeant First Class Fred Pedro, Jim Houston and bagpipe musician David Gregory. Houston, who is with Bugles Across America, will close the service with the playing of “Taps.” There will also be a laying of the memorial wreath and a salute to all Korean War veterans and their families led by Mary Brisenbine.

The Veterans Wall of Honor is located in Heritage Park at 101 Lake Dow Road in McDonough.

For more information, contact Jim Joyce with Henry County Parks and Recreation at 770-288-7300 or visit


The annual Memorial March in Stockbridge will begin at 9 a.m., leaving from the Merle Manders Conference Center, 111 Davis Road.

Before the parade, beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the Merle Manders Center, a brief introduction will be held in preparation for the parade line up.

The Memorial March route from Merle Manders will go down Burke Street, left onto Love Street, down M.L. King Sr. Heritage Trail and merge right to continue on the Trail. The route will continue and turn right on to Cemetery Street and concluding at Memorial Park.

When arriving at Memorial Park between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m., a short program will be held where U.S. service members will be recognized and names of fallen soldiers will be read aloud.

After the ceremony, the March will head back to Merle Manders between 10:30 and 11 a.m, where the the events will be concluded.


The American Legion will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Hampton Train Depot at 7 p.m. Riverdale resident Demetris Walker, who comes from a military family, will be the guest speaker. During the ceremony over 300 names of local fallen soldiers will be read aloud.

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