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This Memorial Day in Georgia’s Rome

Posted May 22, 2014 by Kristi Kent in Events, Heritage/History, Life in Rome

124Memorial Day is just around the corner in Georgia’s Rome! See below for a list of events in our community that will honor the memory of those who have served to protect our country:


Sunday, May 25, 2014- 1:00 pm
Join the community near the final resting place of America’s Known Soldier of WWI on the eve of Memorial Day to remember the fallen heroes who symbolize the meaning behind this special holiday. The program will feature the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and a speech from Eric Sands, assistant professor of government at Berry College.
S. Broad St & Myrtle St, Rome, Ga 30161


Monday, May 26, 2014- 12:00 pm

On Monday, May 26, 1:00 pm–5:30 pm, the public is invited to the Rome-Floyd County Memorial Day Celebration! Visitors will find a variety of exhibits and food vendors, and FREE admission! Live music, cannon firing, M60 gunburst, readings of poetry, and more!

Bring a lawn chair and spend the afternoon in beautiful Ridge Ferry Park to experience moving presentations along the riverbanks in Georgia’s Rome.

12:00 pm – Gates open and displays and vendors open
1:15 – 1:28 pm – Pre-opening ceremony music by Memorial Day Brass Quintet
1:29 pm – Cannon Fire by Van de Corpus Battery, City of Rome, High Durden, SCV member, and M60 fired by Leslie Duke, Weapons research
1:30 pm – Welcome and Opening remarks by Giles Chapman, US Army veteran and Rome Exchange Club and Post 5, American Legion
1:34 pm – Invocation
1:35 pm – Presentation of Colors by Shanklin Attaway Post 5 of the American Legion as the Wind Ensemble plays trio to the National Emblem March.
1:38 pm – Pledge of Allegiance – Bruce Behner, Marine Corps League
1:40 pm – National anthem to be sung by Harry Wise, USAF veteran and member of Exchange Club of Rome
1:45 pm – Music by Memorial Day Brass Quintet
2:00 pm – Speaker Bill Fricks, World War II, Hospital Corpsman, USN, attached to USMC at Iwo Jima
2:15-2:45 pm – Highlanders Jazz Ensemble from Georgia Highlands College, Dr. Sam Baltzer, conducting
2:45 pm – Flag Disposal ceremony on gravel road conducted by American Legion, Post 5
3:00 pm – Speaker Milton Tippen – World War II following M60 gun burst by Leslie Duke
3:15 pm – Music by the Memorial Day Brass Quintet
3:30 pm – Speaker Bob Sumners – Korean War
3:45 pm – Speaker Col. Robert Williams, MD – Air War in Viet Nam
4:00 pm – Speaker Ronald J. Keifer – Viet Nam War following M60 gun burst by Leslie Duke
4:15 pm – Post Viet Nam Speaker – Jan Johnson, Gold Star mother
4:30 pm – Post Viet Nam Speaker Harry Wise, USAF veteran and Exchange Club member
4:45 pm – Move missing Hat Table to Stage for closing ceremony
5:00 pm– M60 Gun burst by Leslie Duke then closing ceremony begins with “The Air Force Hymn“, “Eternal Father Strong to Save“, and “Hymn to the Fallen” with the missing hats, missing man flyover, with cannon fire as soon as the song ends by Van de Corpus Battery, City of Rome
5:15 pm – “I Stand Before You” poem read by Giles Chapman
5:17 pm – Echo Taps, Maj. John W. King, USAF, Ret. and Msgt. Seaward W. Bates, USAF, Ret. And member of the Marine Corps League
5:18 pm – Retirement of Colors, Shanklin Attaway Post 5, American Legion
363 Riverside Pkwy, Rome, Ga 30161
For more information about the Rome-Floyd County Memorial Day Celebration, contact 706.234.7967, or visit



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