Veterans Day is Monday, and the cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs will host ceremonies the days before and of the holiday, respectively, to honor former soldiers.
Sandy Springs will host its fourth annual Veterans Day Tribute Monday at 11:45 a.m. The celebration to honor those who serve and served our country will take place at the Veterans Memorial located at the Concourse Corporate Center next to the Queen building, building five.
The program features patriotic music, the Sandy Springs Police Department Honor Guard and the Pledge of Allegiance by students from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Retired WSB-TV news anchor John Pruitt is the master of ceremonies. Brig. Gen. John King of the U.S. Army National Guard will be the keynote speaker.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Concourse Parking Deck Six.
The 32nd annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade and Freedom Ball will take place downtown Saturday, with the parade at 11:11 a.m. and the ball at 6 p.m. The parade will start on Peachtree Street and end at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street. The ball will be at the Georgia Aquarium, with retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. Getz the featured speaker.
The aquarium will host a Veterans Appreciation Program by providing special promotions and activities for active military, veterans and their families Saturday through Monday.
Over the weekend, military personnel can enjoy free admission to the aquarium and families will receive 30 percent off of their total ticket purchase with the presentation of their military ID. The aquarium will be opening its doors early on Veterans Day to military guests for exclusive access to all six galleries as well as the newest exhibit, “Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies” before the general public.
Following the veterans’ parade downtown, the aquarium will be hosting local organizations to engage guests in activities and provide information about opportunities and discounts for those who have served the nation.
The Home Depot is donating funds to the event to help to continue and expand the Wounded Warriors Project and Warriors in Transition participation in the aquarium’s program, Journey with Gentle Giants. This initiative gives wounded soldiers the opportunity to swim in the world’s largest aquatic exhibit among an array of aquatic species.
information: Sandy Springs ceremony: (770) 730-5600 or visit www.sandyspringsga.gov; Atlanta parade and ceremony: visit www.gavetsdayparade.org; Veterans Appreciation Program: www.georgiaaquarium.org/mil.