Memorial Day celebrations begin today with runners hitting the pavement on North Point Parkway before celebrations begin at Milton and Roswell city halls.
Celebrate America 10K/5K
First up is the 17th annual Celebrate America 10K starting at 7:30 a.m., but registration opens at 6:15 a.m.
Traffic will be somewhat restricted in the North Point Mall area, as the race starts and ends at the Mansell Crossing Shopping Center (AMC Mansell Crossing 14). It loops along North Point Parkway, to Haynes Bridge Road, down Mansell Road and back to the shopping center. 10K runners will make a double loop.
The race, hosted by the Chattahoochee Woman's Club, is cerfitied by UST&F, and is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.
The race beneifts local charities including Canine Assisants, Happy Tails, EnAble and other organizations.
Milton Memorial Day Celebration
The fifth annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Milton City Hall starts at 10 a.m. today. If you've never been to City Hall, you can't miss it if you drive along Deerfield Parkway. From the north or south, pull into the office complex accessed by the drive in the "gap" between the white crosses.
The ceremony will include local veterans, a King's Ridge Christian School student playing the Call to Colors, performer Lewis Shaeffer, Taps as performed by Bob Wright and Don Ware of Bugles Across America, and featured speaker Major Gen. Jim Butterworth, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard. It concludes with a roll call of local veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The annual "Roswell Remembers" Memorial Day celebration opens to the public at 10 a.m., and will be held at Roswell City Hall's Faces of War Memorial in front of City Hall. The event is the largest of its kind in North Georgia. Pre-ceremony music starts at 10:15 a.m., with the service beginning at 11 a.m. Major General David R. Bockel, retired, is the guest speaker.
The military ceremony ends at 12:30 p.m., and Banks and Shane highlight the concert on the lawn at 12:45 p.m.
Walk of Memories
For a quiet retrospective of the importance of the day, go to American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road in Alpharetta
It's a memorial for Alpharetta–and the entire state of Georgia–to those who have fallen in service to their country. The American Legion Post 201 "Walk of Memories" takes on a special meaning today as it includes those who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, wars started in the nation's war on terror.
The "Walk of Memories" memorializes all Georgia veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have given their lives during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Each name is engraved into a brick on the Walk of Memories, which winds its way past memorial to individual conflicts, with a tank, a gun turret and a helicopter among the other memorials the American Legion has erected on the site.