|Members of the Memorial Day Community Celebration Planning Committee are pictured. In the front, from left, are Jim Chamblee, United We Stand – Avenue of Flags; Jennifer Johnson, Hamilton Medical Center; and Liz Swafford, Dalton Solid Waste Authority. In the back are Charles Barthel, American Legion; J.R. Wilson, Georgia Elks Lodge; Daryl Cole, Hamilton Medical Center; Jessica Garcia, Rock Bridge Church; Alison Bonner, Hamilton Medical Center; Ricky Long, Dalton Police Department; and Veronica Rollins, Downtown Dalton Development Authority. Not pictured are Julie Dyer, Dalton Senior Center; Steve Zahn, Dalton Police Department; David Saylors, Dalton Police Department; Vanessa Cole, Coffee News; Marsha Whitener, United We Stand – Avenue of Flags; Jamie Jones, Dalton Daily Citizen; and Woody Cantrell, Dalton Police Department.|
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DALTON, Ga. – About a year and a half ago, a group of people got
together to discuss the possibility of a community-wide event to focus
on veterans, in particular those who’ve served and died.
The result: “Memorial Day Community Celebration.” This is the second year for the free event. This year, it will take place on Memorial Day, May 26, at Dalton Green.
A prelude band concert by the Dalton-Whitfield Community Band will begin at 9:30 a.m. The memorial service, provided by the local American Legion, will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Whitfield County Court House. The program will include music by the Dalton-Whitfield Community Band, Honor Guard presentation, guest speaker and laying of the wreaths.
Family activities and food (free hotdogs, chips and snacks while supplies last) will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This part of the event will include music, inflatables, face painting, crafts, Touch-a-Truck station, pet adoptions, information for veterans, blood pressure checks and other activities – all with a patriotic theme.
An added feature this year is CarFit, provided by the Dalton Police Department. This program helps senior drivers find a better "fit" with their cars for comfort and safety. CarFit is national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. Trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver.
The service will be provided between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on King Street. Participants should enter and exit from Pentz Street. To participate in CarFit, please call Officer Woody Cantrell at 706-278-9085, extension 9160.
On the day of the event, street closures will include: Selvidge Street from Waugh Street to Crawford Street, King Street from Pentz Street to Selvidge Street, and Crawford Street from Thornton Avenue to Selvidge Street.
Handicap parking will be provided near the intersection of Thornton Avenue and Crawford Street.
Participating organizations and sponsors include: American Legion, Blood Assurance, Bradley Wellness Center, Chick-fil-A, City Entertainment, City of Dalton, Coca-Cola, Coffee News, Costco, The Dalton Daily Citizen, Dalton Fire Department, Dalton Parks and Recreation, Dalton Police Department, Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center, Dalton-Whitfield Community Band, Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, Downtown Dalton Development Authority, Elks Lodge, Hamilton EMS, Hamilton Medical Center, Home Depot, Humane Society of NW Georgia, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful, League of Women’s Voters, Mack Gaston Community Center, McKee Foods Corporation, The Sweet Spot, United We Stand – Avenue of Flags, and Whitfield County Courthouse.
“We wanted to have a family event that focuses on our veterans,” said Dewey Moss, American Legion Post 112 commander. “This is a way to bring the sacrifices of our veterans to the forefront and bring families together.”