Fsean Gilmer County Veterans

"All American Veterans"

Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Veterans Bridge and Park, beginning at 11 a.m. (1100 hrs), there will be a ceremony in observance of Memorial Day.

The ceremony will begin with the Boy Scout Troop moving to the podium, then an opening prayer by Rev. Rebecca Holmes (Cartecay United Methodist Church). Troop #402 will then present the American Flag, and the 2017 Gilmer County Citizen of the Year, Mr. Larry Davis, will lead those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Ms. Dana Burton singing the National Anthem.

The honored guests are all our veterans as we honor those who died in the service of their country.

We are privileged to have as our guest speakers Mr. Gerald Lord (U.S. Army Colonel-retired) and Dr. Wilbur Mattison ( WWll veteran and Purple Heart recipient).

Additionally, Mr. Van Banke (retired Clayton County Juvenile Judge) will sing “God Bless America”and in closing, Mr. Jim Brackin (Air Force veteran) will sing “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Please join us. There will be additional parking available and help directing the traffic by law enforcement and the Civil Air Patrol. Pre-event recorded music will begin shortly after 10 a.m. (1000 hrs).

Hope to see you there.

All living Americans owe a deep debt of gratitude

to those who served, fought and died serving our

country. They served with valor, and many gave

their all in order to allow us the bounty, safety

and security we enjoy today. We need never to

forget the sacrifices they made.

Since 3600 B.C. the world has known only 292 years of peace!

1. During this period there have been 14,351 wars, large and small, in which 3.64 billion people have been killed.

2. The value of the property destroyed would pay for a golden belt around the world 97.2 miles wide and 33 feet thick.

3. Since 650 B.C. there have also been 1656 arms races, only 16 of which have not ended in war.

4. The remainder ended in the economic collapse of the countries involved.

Freedom is not Free!

Why Memorial Day 2018 is Important to U.S. History Gilmer County Veterans

"All American Veterans"

Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Veterans Bridge and Park, beginning at 11 a.m. (1100 hrs), there will be a ceremony in observance of Memorial Day.

The ceremony will begin with the Boy Scout Troop moving to the podium, then an opening prayer by Rev. Rebecca Holmes (Cartecay United Methodist Church). Troop #402 will then present the American Flag, and the 2017 Gilmer County Citizen of the Year, Mr. Larry Davis, will lead those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Ms. Dana Burton singing the National Anthem.

The honored guests are all our veterans as we honor those who died in the service of their country.

We are privileged to have as our guest speakers Mr. Gerald Lord (U.S. Army Colonel-retired) and Dr. Wilbur Mattison ( WWll veteran and Purple Heart recipient).

Additionally, Mr. Van Banke (retired Clayton County Juvenile Judge) will sing “God Bless America”and in closing, Mr. Jim Brackin (Air Force veteran) will sing “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Please join us. There will be additional parking available and help directing the traffic by law enforcement and the Civil Air Patrol. Pre-event recorded music will begin shortly after 10 a.m. (1000 hrs).

Hope to see you there.

All living Americans owe a deep debt of gratitude

to those who served, fought and died serving our

country. They served with valor, and many gave

their all in order to allow us the bounty, safety

and security we enjoy today. We need never to

forget the sacrifices they made.

Since 3600 B.C. the world has known only 292 years of peace!

1. During this period there have been 14,351 wars, large and small, in which 3.64 billion people have been killed.

2. The value of the property destroyed would pay for a golden belt around the world 97.2 miles wide and 33 feet thick.

3. Since 650 B.C. there have also been 1656 arms races, only 16 of which have not ended in war.

4. The remainder ended in the economic collapse of the countries involved.

Freedom is not Free!

Why Memorial Day 2018 is Important to U.S. History

This year we are commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the end to World War One. This Memorial Day we are commemorating the U.S. Army victory in its first offensive operation that paved the way to end the war. What took place on May 28, 1918, was the battle for Cantigny (Can’ tee nee), a French town 75 miles north of Paris on the Somme River. The town, which is on a hill, was German-held. From an offensive perspective, it offered the German army a key location to continue its advance on Paris. The Allies realized the French army was losing the battle to stop the German army advance.

At this point one must pause and position the United States involvement in the war in Europe. General Pershing was adamant that the United States Army did NOT join the fight in Europe to replace French and British soldiers. The United States Army came to fight as an American unit, under American command, under the American flag. This pronouncement greatly irritated and frustrated the French and British commanders who saw these fresh American troops as replacements for their battle weary troops.

In the case of the Storming of Cantigny, French commander General Debeney (Doo’ be nay) approached American General Robert Bullard and told him the French army was unable to stop the German army’s advance on Paris; that the French troops were tired and worn-out; that the operation needed the American army to join the campaign as an American fighting unit. The U.S. Army under American command entered the battle. They not only stopped the German army advance on Paris but also captured the German-held town of Cantigny.

The Allied armies were victorious in the battle for Cantigny, and as with any victory, the price of victory is very high, and death becomes personal. The U.S. Army suffered 1603 casualties, which includes soldiers who were killed, wounded, missing, or gassed. Of these 1603 casualties, some young men were from Georgia.

The importance of the entry of the U.S. Army into the battle for Cantigny was nicely summarized in a speech General John J. Pershing delivered on July 17, 1919, at London: “You will recall that when our 1st Division entered the battle line and fought the small though brilliant battle—the first as an independent command—at Cantigny, that the success which attended the attack not only set an example for future American divisions to follow, but really had an electrifying effect through the Allied lines and gave new hope to the armies.”

Today if one visits the town of Cantigny, France, one will find erected the Cantigny American Monument that commemorates the first large offensive operation by the U.S. Army in WWI. The victory at Cantigny signified that the U.S. Army is ready to fight a world war on foreign soil.

The last of the Navajo Code Talkers

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Chester Nez receives an American flag from Pfc. Tiffany Boyd, at Code Talker Hall, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 4, 2014. The flag was flown over the Marine Corps War Memorial, on the first day of spring in honor of Cpl. Nez's attendance at the Platoon 382 Hall rededication. Cpl. Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kathryn K. Bynum/Released) http://dvidshub.net/r/86h5cn

"The last of the Navajo Code Talkers "


"WE SALUTE YOU LADY, THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE, AT HOME AND ABROAD"


"History of the Song, "GOD BLESS AMERICA"


From time to time we post on "The Home Town Heroes" tab stories about deserving heroes. By Copyright and Privacy laws we are careful to respect each person and their rights. When we consider adding a story, it is required to have permision to use from both the individual and the writer.

In due respect to privacy we will ask only one time for permission. Many veterans are hesitant to speak of their experiences especially in battles.

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." - George Washington

If you wish to honor your "Veteran" with a paver in the Garden, please click the "Application Form" in the "FEATURES" area below. ********************************************************************************

Pictorial history, building the bridge available now on DVD (plays on your TV)

*********************************************************************************


What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence after the ink dried?

"SIGNERS"


"A MUST SEE"

"THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF TAPS"


Painting by Ashlyne Quidley, honoring her father, Quartermaster 1st Class Maurice Quidley.

The first flagraising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945.

"SURRENDER SIGNING ON THE USS MISOURI"


f

Come see the "Veterans Memorial Bridge and Garden"

Located one and a half mile south of the Roundabout.

Connecting the Sports Complexes on both sides of the river.

It is a 147' long foot bridge across the "Coosawatte River.

AT

Ellijay, Georgia

30540

Telephone (706)-635-1931

Cell 706.273.0286

E-mail

Sandy Lyons, Founder

f

Veterans Memorial Bridge:

Bridge has been completed and is functional with raised lights and signage on both ends. Rails have been added to enhance the entrance to the bridge. A dedication service was held on November 11th 2009. It was well attended by the public which included many veterans. Participants in the dedicating ceremony Included the North Georgia Honor Guard, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, America Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, and many of the initial supporters, businesses, and families who helped in fund raisers and made donations.

This special dedication was tribute to our service men and women from all American conflicts and wars. The flags, music, speeches rifle and cannon volleys added to the ceremony a patriotic reminder of our heritage.

Veterans Memorial Gardens:

The Memorial Gardens for the veterans, civic organizations and families are in place, and there are both veterans marble pavers and brick (civil) pavers still being engraved. Granite headers were created for each war and each civic category. Forms were made to contain the pavers in alphabetical sequence. There are about 550 marble pavers for veterans and 275 brick pavers already installed. Over fifty pavers are still in the process of being engraved and additional purchases will added to the gardens.

Other marble and brick tributes have been added that have the Pledge of Allegiance, America - My Country This of Thee and America the Beautiful. Special pavers serve as a tribute to those who provided initial support and funding, recognition to the Honor Guard, Gold Star Parents, logos for the various branches of service, and quotes about our freedom, sacrifices, and those that gave so much for our country.

Engraving Historical Documents on Marble Slabs

Ten huge marble pieces were donated by the members of Liberty Baptist Church. They had originally intended to use them for picnic table tops, but found the 1,100 pound weight was too great when placed on concrete blocks. These large marble pieces (7.5 feet by 3 feet by 3 to 4 inches thick) were stacked in the churchyard, until I made a request for them. The church voted to donate them and they were moved to Cherokee Stone Engravers in Ball Ground immediately.

The marble pieces are in process of being engraved with the following to be added to the Veterans Memorial area:

"The Declaration of Independance".

"The U.S. Constitution" .

"Bill of Rights".

"Magna Carta".

"Founding Fathers".

"National Anthem".

"Gettysburg Address".

"In the Beginning".

"Our First President".

"Our National Capitol".

"Military Branches of Service".

"POW / MIA Flag 'Display By Act of Congress'".

"Code Talkers, 'The Unbroken Code''".

We need to obtain funds to pay for the engraving that is in progress on the above listed items. Al Fowler has been very generous on the cost of brick, marble and all of the work previously done and still on order. We probably have enough in 'Help Build the Bridge Account' to pay for what is still on order. The cost estimate for engraving the above listed items will be from $300.00 to $500.00 each based on size and amount of engraving. The total may be $3,500.00 or more, so it will be necessary to get additional funds since we only have limited resources.

"UPDATE......May 20th 2018, Local couple lays wreath at unknown soldiers tomb, read story under "FEATURES." "OUR REAL ROOTS, Who rewrote History?"

© 2010 gilmercountyveterans.us
All rights reserved. Gilmer County Veterans
96 Mountain Springs Circle
Ellijay, Georgia 30536

Phone 706.635.1931

Cell 706.273.0286

Come see the "Veterans Memorial Bridge and Garden".

Located one and a half mile south of the Roundabout.

Connecting the Sports Complexes on both sides of the river.

It is a 147' long foot bridge across the "Coosawatte River".

AT ELLIJAY, GEORGIA 30540

FEATURES

"LOCAL COUPLE LAYS WREATH",

"SEAN'S NEW HOME",

"VETERANS LIST",

"1st Sgt Norman Taylor,Three wars and Presidential Award",

"Mystery Memorial, Vietnam Vets Memorial found on the "Contential Devide" in Colorado by chance",

http://gilmercountyveterans.us/white.htm> "Read the complete story of Chief White Path",

"WALKING BRIDGE OVER COOSAWATTEE RIVER HONORS ALL VETERANS",

"ORIGINAL FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE MEMORIAL",

"FOUND AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, A VERY TOUCHING STORY,

"SCIENTIFIC ATLANTA HERO"(A A GREAT MAN)

"INSIGHT TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN"(A Must Read)

"THE BOOK NOBODY KNOWS"(A Must Read)

"IF I WERE THE DEVIL by PAUL HARVEY"

"HOME TOWN HEROES"

< "WE ARE AMERICA"

< "CIVIL WAR MUSEUM"

"HISTORY OF THE FLAG"

"IN GOD WE TRUST"

"POSTERS FROM WORLD WAR TWO"

"APPLICATION FORM"

"MEMORIAL BENCHES"

"ACTIVE DUTY HEROES"

"A HERO OF THE HEROES, COLONEL MAGGIE"

"Dedication of the "Veterans Memorial Bridge and Garden" May 31, 2010"
"HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS"
"THE REST OF THE SONG"
"HONOR/RESPECT"
"GARDEN"
"HISTORY"

"PHOTOS"
"CALENDAR"

"BRIDGE"
"HOW TO PROPERLY FOLD THE FLAG"

"BOOKS, ETC"
"MAP"

"LINKS"
"ABOUT US"

"SURRENDER"

"CLEAR CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL"

WE STRIVE TO HELP ALL VETERANS AND WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS!
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Enter your questions(s) or comment(s):



DESIGNED AND MAINTAINED BY Stan McDonald!


The Time in ELLIJAY

This year we are commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the end to World War One. This Memorial Day we are commemorating the U.S. Army victory in its first offensive operation that paved the way to end the war. What took place on May 28, 1918, was the battle for Cantigny (Can’ tee nee), a French town 75 miles north of Paris on the Somme River. The town, which is on a hill, was German-held. From an offensive perspective, it offered the German army a key location to continue its advance on Paris. The Allies realized the French army was losing the battle to stop the German army advance. At this point one must pause and position the United States involvement in the war in Europe. General Pershing was adamant that the United States Army did NOT join the fight in Europe to replace French and British soldiers. The United States Army came to fight as an American unit, under American command, under the American flag. This pronouncement greatly irritated and frustrated the French and British commanders who saw these fresh American troops as replacements for their battle weary troops. In the case of the Storming of Cantigny, French commander General Debeney (Doo’ be nay) approached American General Robert Bullard and told him the French army was unable to stop the German army’s advance on Paris; that the French troops were tired and worn-out; that the operation needed the American army to join the campaign as an American fighting unit. The U.S. Army under American command entered the battle. They not only stopped the German army advance on Paris but also captured the German-held town of Cantigny. The Allied armies were victorious in the battle for Cantigny, and as with any victory, the price of victory is very high, and death becomes personal. The U.S. Army suffered 1603 casualties, which includes soldiers who were killed, wounded, missing, or gassed. Of these 1603 casualties, some young men were from Georgia. The importance of the entry of the U.S. Army into the battle for Cantigny was nicely summarized in a speech General John J. Pershing delivered on July 17, 1919, at London: “You will recall that when our 1st Division entered the battle line and fought the small though brilliant battle—the first as an independent command—at Cantigny, that the success which attended the attack not only set an example for future American divisions to follow, but really had an electrifying effect through the Allied lines and gave new hope to the armies.” Today if one visits the town of Cantigny, France, one will find erected the Cantigny American Monument that commemorates the first large offensive operation by the U.S. Army in WWI. The victory at Cantigny signified that the U.S. Army is ready to fight a world war on foreign soil.

The last of the Navajo Code Talkers

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Chester Nez receives an American flag from Pfc. Tiffany Boyd, at Code Talker Hall, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 4, 2014. The flag was flown over the Marine Corps War Memorial, on the first day of spring in honor of Cpl. Nez's attendance at the Platoon 382 Hall rededication. Cpl. Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kathryn K. Bynum/Released) http://dvidshub.net/r/86h5cn

"The last of the Navajo Code Talkers "


"WE SALUTE YOU LADY, THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE, AT HOME AND ABROAD"


"History of the Song, "GOD BLESS AMERICA"


From time to time we post on "The Home Town Heroes" tab stories about deserving heroes. By Copyright and Privacy laws we are careful to respect each person and their rights. When we consider adding a story, it is required to have permision to use from both the individual and the writer.

In due respect to privacy we will ask only one time for permission. Many veterans are hesitant to speak of their experiences especially in battles.

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." - George Washington

If you wish to honor your "Veteran" with a paver in the Garden, please click the "Application Form" in the "FEATURES" area below. ********************************************************************************

Pictorial history, building the bridge available now on DVD (plays on your TV)

*********************************************************************************


What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence after the ink dried?

"SIGNERS"


"A MUST SEE"

"THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF TAPS"


Painting by Ashlyne Quidley, honoring her father, Quartermaster 1st Class Maurice Quidley.

The first flagraising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945.

"SURRENDER SIGNING ON THE USS MISOURI"


f

UNIVERSAL MEAN TIME

Come see the "Veterans Memorial Bridge and Garden"

Located one and a half mile south of the Roundabout.

Connecting the Sports Complexes on both sides of the river.

It is a 147' long foot bridge across the "Coosawatte River.

AT

Ellijay, Georgia

30540

Telephone (706)-635-1931

Cell 706.273.0286

E-mail

Sandy Lyons, Founder

f

Veterans Memorial Bridge:

Bridge has been completed and is functional with raised lights and signage on both ends. Rails have been added to enhance the entrance to the bridge. A dedication service was held on November 11th 2009. It was well attended by the public which included many veterans. Participants in the dedicating ceremony Included the North Georgia Honor Guard, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, America Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, and many of the initial supporters, businesses, and families who helped in fund raisers and made donations.

This special dedication was tribute to our service men and women from all American conflicts and wars. The flags, music, speeches rifle and cannon volleys added to the ceremony a patriotic reminder of our heritage.

Veterans Memorial Gardens:

The Memorial Gardens for the veterans, civic organizations and families are in place, and there are both veterans marble pavers and brick (civil) pavers still being engraved. Granite headers were created for each war and each civic category. Forms were made to contain the pavers in alphabetical sequence. There are about 550 marble pavers for veterans and 275 brick pavers already installed. Over fifty pavers are still in the process of being engraved and additional purchases will added to the gardens.

Other marble and brick tributes have been added that have the Pledge of Allegiance, America - My Country This of Thee and America the Beautiful. Special pavers serve as a tribute to those who provided initial support and funding, recognition to the Honor Guard, Gold Star Parents, logos for the various branches of service, and quotes about our freedom, sacrifices, and those that gave so much for our country.

Engraving Historical Documents on Marble Slabs

Ten huge marble pieces were donated by the members of Liberty Baptist Church. They had originally intended to use them for picnic table tops, but found the 1,100 pound weight was too great when placed on concrete blocks. These large marble pieces (7.5 feet by 3 feet by 3 to 4 inches thick) were stacked in the churchyard, until I made a request for them. The church voted to donate them and they were moved to Cherokee Stone Engravers in Ball Ground immediately.

The marble pieces are in process of being engraved with the following to be added to the Veterans Memorial area:

"The Declaration of Independance".

"The U.S. Constitution" .

"Bill of Rights".

"Magna Carta".

"Founding Fathers".

"National Anthem".

"Gettysburg Address".

"In the Beginning".

"Our First President".

"Our National Capitol".

"Military Branches of Service".

"POW / MIA Flag 'Display By Act of Congress'".

"Code Talkers, 'The Unbroken Code''".

We need to obtain funds to pay for the engraving that is in progress on the above listed items. Al Fowler has been very generous on the cost of brick, marble and all of the work previously done and still on order. We probably have enough in 'Help Build the Bridge Account' to pay for what is still on order. The cost estimate for engraving the above listed items will be from $300.00 to $500.00 each based on size and amount of engraving. The total may be $3,500.00 or more, so it will be necessary to get additional funds since we only have limited resources.

"UPDATE......May 20th 2018 Local couple lays wreath at unknown soldiers tomb,read story under "FEATURES." "OUR REAL ROOTS, Who rewrote History?"

© 2010 gilmercountyveterans.us
All rights reserved. Gilmer County Veterans
96 Mountain Springs Circle
Ellijay, Georgia 30536

Phone 706.635.1931

Cell 706.273.0286

Come see the "Veterans Memorial Bridge and Garden".

Located one and a half mile south of the Roundabout.

Connecting the Sports Complexes on both sides of the river.

It is a 147' long foot bridge across the "Coosawatte River".

AT ELLIJAY, GEORGIA 30540

FEATURES

"Local Couple lays Wreath",

"SEAN'S NEW HOME",

"VETERANS LIST",

"1st Sgt Norman Taylor,Three wars and Presidential Award",

"Mystery Memorial, Vietnam Vets Memorial found on the "Contential Devide" in Colorado by chance",

http://gilmercountyveterans.us/white.htm> "Read the complete story of Chief White Path",

"WALKING BRIDGE OVER COOSAWATTEE RIVER HONORS ALL VETERANS",

"ORIGINAL FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE MEMORIAL",

"FOUND AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, A VERY TOUCHING STORY,

"SCIENTIFIC ATLANTA HERO"(A A GREAT MAN)

"INSIGHT TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN"(A Must Read)

"THE BOOK NOBODY KNOWS"(A Must Read)

"IF I WERE THE DEVIL by PAUL HARVEY"

"HOME TOWN HEROES"

< "WE ARE AMERICA"

< "CIVIL WAR MUSEUM"

"HISTORY OF THE FLAG"

"IN GOD WE TRUST"

"POSTERS FROM WORLD WAR TWO"

"APPLICATION FORM"

"MEMORIAL BENCHES"

"ACTIVE DUTY HEROES"

"A HERO OF THE HEROES, COLONEL MAGGIE"

"Dedication of the "Veterans Memorial Bridge and Garden" May 31, 2010"
"HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS"
"THE REST OF THE SONG"
"HONOR/RESPECT"
"GARDEN"
"HISTORY"

"PHOTOS"
"CALENDAR"

"BRIDGE"
"HOW TO PROPERLY FOLD THE FLAG"

"BOOKS, ETC"
"MAP"

"LINKS"
"ABOUT US"

"SURRENDER"

"CLEAR CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL"

WE STRIVE TO HELP ALL VETERANS AND WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS!
Enter your name: Browser/Version:

Enter your questions(s) or comment(s):



DESIGNED AND MAINTAINED BY Stan McDonald!


The Time in ELLIJAY

UNIVERSAL MEAN TIME