Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats will be the keynote speaker at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Cedartown this coming Wednesday. The ceremony will take place at the Cedartown Veterans Park on East Avenue at 11 a.m.
Organized by the Veterans Committee, the ceremony will also include an opening prayer by Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, a performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America,” by Colleetoe Sanders, the sounding of “Taps” and a 21-gun salute by the American Legion Brewster Cleveland Post No. 86. The program will end with a closing prayer by Jonathan Blackmon, chief deputy of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.
The ceremony is open to the public and all are invited to attend.
Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on November 11. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service.