The Oconee Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc. will host a Memorial Day program May 29th at the Oconee County Veterans Memorial located at Oconee Veterans Park. The program will begin at 11:00 am.
This year’s program will include an update on Phase III construction plans and special recognitions. Brigadier General John Gentry, foundation member and Assistant Adjutant General, Georgia National Guard, will provide remarks. This will be BG Gentry’s final remarks in uniform as he is scheduled to retire in July. The traditional laying of wreaths will occur at the end of the program.
Veteran Organizations are encouraged to set up display tents beginning at 10:00 am to share information and encourage Veteran membership. All groups are welcome to display. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, as seating will be limited. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors at the Community Center located in Oconee Veterans Park.
The Foundation will present an additional 6 names to the future Phase III Wall of Honor. The foundation and Architects, Beall & Company, will have phase III Wall of Honor Drawings for review before and after the ceremony. This will allow for the more than 2,000 Veterans living in Oconee County and Veterans of Oconee County Citizens wishing to honor a special Veteran in their life, the opportunity to do so. All proceeds from the Wall of Honor capital campaign offset construction and maintenance of the wall itself and the presentation of the 39 Killed in Action names from Oconee County. The Wall of Honor tiles and a complete list of nominees to date will be available for review at the ceremony. Future expansion Wall of Honor nomination forms will be available at the ceremony.
The Foundation will virtually broadcast the Veterans Day Program on the Foundation’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/OconeeVeteransMemorial/. For additional questions and information please contact David Kilpatrick or email the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org . Directions to the park, and the Parks and Recreation Department can be found online at https://www.oconeecounty.com/758/Oconee-Veterans-Park.