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Veterans Day Observances in Thomaston and Yatesville

First Posted: 6:08 am - November 13th, 2015

By Larry Stanford - lstanford@civitasmedia.com



Upson County veterans gather for a group photo at Greatest Generation Memorial Park following the annual Veterans Day Observance at the park. The observance was sponsored by American Legion Posts and Auxiliaries 81 and 532, and the Upson Lee High School NJROTC Unit. The City of Yatesville also held a Veterans Day Service.
The Upson-Lee High School NJROTC Color Guard presents the colors, including the flags from all five military branches, at the Thomaston ceremony.
Veterans salute and civilians place their hands over their hearts as the National Anthem is played in Thomaston.
The cadets who read the histories of the services (left) and cadets presenting wreaths for each of the wars the U. S. has been in (right) salute during the playing of Taps in Thomaston.
ULHS band member Kalan Banister plays Taps at the end of the Thomaston observance.
Three generations stand together following the ceremony in Thomaston.
The new Yatesville monument reads “Dedicated to all the men and women who served our country.” It has the emblems of each of the military branches, and the date of installation, November 11, 2015.
Master Sergeant Mark Colvin, USMC (Ret) salutes after hanging a wreath on the cross of the Unknown Soldier at the Yatesville Veterans Day Service.
About 60 people gathered for the Yatesville Veterans Day Service. Flags atop the crosses commemorating deceased veterans are in the foreground.
The ULHS NJROTC Color Guard presents the colors during the singing of the National Anthem in Yatesville.
The new monument sits in front of the field of crosses and flags in Yatesville.
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The cities of Thomaston and Yatesville held Veteran’s Day Observances on November 11.

Thomaston’s service was sponsored by The American Legion, Pete Thurston Post 81 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81, Lucius Worthy Post 532 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 532,and the Upson Lee High School Navy JROTC Battalion. It was held at Greatest Generation Memorial Park.

CDR. James R. Jarvis, Senior Naval Science Instructor for the ULHS NJROTC Unit, opened the ceremony by welcoming everyone. Cadet Petty Officer 1 Foster gave the invocation, then the ULHS NJROTC Color Guard presented the colors. The presentation of the colors was slightly different, as flags from all five U. S. military services were presented, along with the American Flag. Cadet Foster led the Pledge of Allegiance, then the ULHS High School Band, under the direction of Jeremy Stanley, played the National

Anthem.

The ULHS NJROTC Drill Team gave an exhibition performance, then brief histories of each of the services were given by cadets, and the band played a medley of the five service anthems. Cadet Petty Officer 1 Robert presented the current status of the Department of Defense, then five cadets presented wreaths for each of the wars the United States has fought in – World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The ceremony ended with band member Kalan Banister playing Taps.

At the Yatesville Veterans Day Service, Mayor Cecil Moncrief noted the addition of a permanent marble monument to the field of crosses and flags. The monument has each of the military services’ emblems on it. Mayor Moncrief thanked the city council for purchasing the monument, and thanked several people for their assistance. Hank Phillips formed and poured the cement for the base of the monument at no charge, and the Mitchams donated the cement for the base.

Following a prayer by council member and Rev. Robert Releford, the ULHS NJROTC Color Guard presented the colors. Rebecca Reeves sang the Star-Spangled Banner, then the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Mayor Moncrief noted that there are now 105 crosses bearing the names of deceased veterans from Yatesville who have served in the military in war and peacetime. The program featured a listing of all the names, with the first one being A. J. Yates, a Civil War veteran who founded Yatesville. Mayor Moncrief read each of the names.

Master Sergeant Mark Colvin, USMC (Ret.), a Naval Science Instructor for the ULHS NJROTC, ended the ceremony by hanging a wreath on the cross of the Unknown Soldier, which stands behind the other crosses.

Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.

Upson County veterans gather for a group photo at Greatest Generation Memorial Park following the annual Veterans Day Observance at the park. The observance was sponsored by American Legion Posts and Auxiliaries 81 and 532, and the Upson Lee High School NJROTC Unit. The City of Yatesville also held a Veterans Day Service.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Veterans-1.jpgUpson County veterans gather for a group photo at Greatest Generation Memorial Park following the annual Veterans Day Observance at the park. The observance was sponsored by American Legion Posts and Auxiliaries 81 and 532, and the Upson Lee High School NJROTC Unit. The City of Yatesville also held a Veterans Day Service.

The Upson-Lee High School NJROTC Color Guard presents the colors, including the flags from all five military branches, at the Thomaston ceremony.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-1.jpgThe Upson-Lee High School NJROTC Color Guard presents the colors, including the flags from all five military branches, at the Thomaston ceremony.

Veterans salute and civilians place their hands over their hearts as the National Anthem is played in Thomaston.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-2.jpgVeterans salute and civilians place their hands over their hearts as the National Anthem is played in Thomaston.

The cadets who read the histories of the services (left) and cadets presenting wreaths for each of the wars the U. S. has been in (right) salute during the playing of Taps in Thomaston.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-3.jpgThe cadets who read the histories of the services (left) and cadets presenting wreaths for each of the wars the U. S. has been in (right) salute during the playing of Taps in Thomaston.

ULHS band member Kalan Banister plays Taps at the end of the Thomaston observance.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-4.jpgULHS band member Kalan Banister plays Taps at the end of the Thomaston observance.

Three generations stand together following the ceremony in Thomaston.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-5.jpgThree generations stand together following the ceremony in Thomaston.

The new Yatesville monument reads “Dedicated to all the men and women who served our country.” It has the emblems of each of the military branches, and the date of installation, November 11, 2015.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-6.jpgThe new Yatesville monument reads “Dedicated to all the men and women who served our country.” It has the emblems of each of the military branches, and the date of installation, November 11, 2015.

Master Sergeant Mark Colvin, USMC (Ret) salutes after hanging a wreath on the cross of the Unknown Soldier at the Yatesville Veterans Day Service.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-7.jpgMaster Sergeant Mark Colvin, USMC (Ret) salutes after hanging a wreath on the cross of the Unknown Soldier at the Yatesville Veterans Day Service.

About 60 people gathered for the Yatesville Veterans Day Service. Flags atop the crosses commemorating deceased veterans are in the foreground.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-8.jpgAbout 60 people gathered for the Yatesville Veterans Day Service. Flags atop the crosses commemorating deceased veterans are in the foreground.

The ULHS NJROTC Color Guard presents the colors during the singing of the National Anthem in Yatesville.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-9.jpgThe ULHS NJROTC Color Guard presents the colors during the singing of the National Anthem in Yatesville.

The new monument sits in front of the field of crosses and flags in Yatesville.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_VD-10.jpgThe new monument sits in front of the field of crosses and flags in Yatesville.

By Larry Stanford

lstanford@civitasmedia.com

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