The Veterans at the Library, 43 attendees, held their last meeting, December 12, before the "Wreaths Across America" project that will be held on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. December 17. A memorial service will be held at the shelter/gazebo at the Swainsboro City Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. this Saturday. Following the 20-minute service, all volunteers will meet at each of the 30 sections of the cemetery and there they will pick up wreaths to place on the 565 graves that have the U.S. Flag. The U.S. Flags were placed by the veterans on Saturday, December 3, to mark veterans in the cemetery. The ceremony will include a short message by U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran TY Smith following by a 3-round volley by the Brier Creek Militia and the Brier Creek Artillery, commanded by Compatriot Steve Burke, a member of the Wiregrass Chapter, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution here in Swainsboro. This will be followed by "Taps" played by U.S. Air Force Veteran Bob Nobles. Our newest veteran to attend our Monday morning coffee and breakfast at the library is U.S. Army Veteran Rita Faulkner. Rita served in the U.S. Army from 1981 through 1991. Her military service included locations in Berlin and Augsburg, Germany and Fort Meade, Maryland. She obtained the rank of E-5. The "Wreaths Across America" memorial service is opened to the public. Try to arrive by at least 9:30 a.m.
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