Veteran’s Day Celebrations, Cobb County

veteransdayparOur Cobb County Community has always been extremely supportive of our Military.  Won’t you join us at one of these celebrations on November 11, 2016

MARIETTA PARADE to Honor Our Military

The public is invited to come line the streets of downtown Marietta, for a moving and memorable tribute to our Military Forces at the Annual Veterans Day Parade on November 11th.  American pride will be on display as distinguished war heroes, local high school marching bands, JROTC troops and Patriot Guard Riders will be among the participants.  There will be spectacular floats, military vehicles and vintage cars passing by as the parade winds its way from Roswell Street Baptist Church to the Marietta Square commencing at 11 a.m. Veterans from World War II to the present will be in attendance to hear the keynote speech by Captain Edward G. Gallrein, III, U.S. Navy SEAL (retired).
Adding to the parade atmosphere will be hundreds of fluttering flags set out by the Marietta Kiwanis Club each holiday to honor our veterans. The tribute is sponsored by the City of Marietta and the Kiwanis Club of Marietta.
For more information or to participate in the parade please contact Kiwanis Club of Marietta Executive Director Pat Huey at

veteransdayluncheonbKENNESAW to Honor Veterans at Luncheon

The City of Kennesaw will honor the service of military members past and present with a complimentary lunch on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 from noon – 2 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive.
North Cobb American Legion Post 304 is partnering with Kennesaw city officials and staff to host the lunch. Additional sponsors include California Dreaming Restaurant and Bar, the Run for Wounded Heroes 5K, Autobell Car Wash, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts of Marietta, and Thrasher Coffee Co.
All veterans and active duty military are invited to attend. No identification will be required.
For more information, visit or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

patriotspoint1ACWORTH’S Veterans Day Ceremony

The City of Acworth would like to say thank you to those who have faithfully served their country as well as those who are now serving.  Acworth is honored to have these brave men and women living in our community and what better way to honor them than to host a Veterans Day Ceremony. Join us on Friday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Patriots Point at Cauble Park, home of the Veterans Memorial to honor our nation’s veterans.

This year’s keynote speaker is State Representative Ed Setzler, Mr. Setzler served on active duty for nine years as an officer in the US Army.
If you have not seen the Veterans Memorial at Patriot’s Point at Cauble Park, make sure you visit us on November 11. The service flags of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Cost Guard surround the American Flag.  The concrete dome structure is surrounded by a paver walkway with engraved pavers.  You can still honor a veteran by purchasing Pavers. The pavers are available in 4×4 or 8×8 sizes. With the 4×4, you get 3 lines, each with up to 18 characters engraved on the pavers. The 8×8 comes with 4 lines, each with up to 18 characters engraved on it.
For more information please visit or call the Acworth Parks and Recreation Office at 770-917-1234.


derekdawnVeteran’s Day and Thanksgiving are two special holidays we celebrate this month.  These holidays provide an opportunity for each of us to reflect upon the service and sacrifice required to make our country great.
So now I tell you … heroes do not wear capes.  Heroes wear dog tags!

Heroes build homes and businesses, drive trucks and buses, they sell real estate and cars, they serve as police officers, deputies, firefighters, nurses, and EMTs … heroes teach history, science, mathematics, language arts, and life skills.

Heroes also learn … and there are heroes living inside each of you.  Heroes are students of the world who strive for resolution and peace, but know how to stand for what they believe in … heroes understand the call to action.

At the end of the movie Saving Private Ryan, the question, “what have I done to deserve such sacrifice” looms …
I am asking you a similar question today.  I am asking each and every one of you to be my hero … by living your life as best as you are able.  You are my hope for tomorrow and I encourage you to be a hero to each other … to serve others as you want to be served.
To make your life worthwhile by giving of yourself and moving forward with what is good and right …

As a country of great resources, we have an opportunity to find the cure for disease; for discovering technological breakthroughs in industry and surpassing all other countries in discovery.  We have an obligation and an opportunity to end the trials and tribulations of hatred and discrimination; to find common ground amid diversity … we have an opportunity to become the greatest country on earth simply by doing what is good and right.  Use your hero super-powers for good!

Take time to say “thank you” and pray for our veteran’s … pray for our country.
And may God Bless you on your journey through life as you achieve greatness.

BY DEREK EASTERLING,, KENNESAW MAYOR, pictured above with his wife, Dawn.  Derek served our country in the Navy sixteen years, eleven months.