The family of Army 1st Lt Jonathan Walsh, who was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, will participate in a tree-planting ceremony on the Campus Green, in front of KSU Hall at 1000 Chastain Road, at 11:45 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., KSU alumnus Maj. Stefan W. Hutnik, a Marietta native, speak on the Campus Green.
* The city of Marietta and the Kiwanis Club will conduct a parade and ceremony on the Square on Nov. 10. The eighth annual Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and will run to the Square. At noon, retired Navy Admiral James O. Ellis will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony in Glover Park on the Square.
* The City of Kennesaw will honor the service of military members with a complimentary lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive.
“We take this opportunity each year to say thanks to the men and women of the armed forces, especially those who saw combat,” said Kennesaw City Councilman Tim Killingsworth, himself a former US Marine. “Our military vets gave so much and this is one small way to acknowledge their contribution to the freedoms we enjoy.”
American Legion North Cobb Post 304 is partnering with Kennesaw city officials to host the lunch. All military service members are invited to attend. No identification will be required.
* The Marietta Museum of History will host two speakers, Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry and Lt. Col. John Stiles, for a “My Enemy, My Friend” Veteran’s Day event on Nov. 10.
Cherry, a graduate of South Cobb High School, wrote a book about his experiences as a young F-4 Phantom pilot during the Vietnam War. On April 16, 1972 he shot down a MiG-21 after an intense aerial battle.
Thirty-six years later, Cherry found and met the pilot that he shot down, Hong My.
“My Enemy, My Friend” is the story of that reconciliation and friendship, and of the later reconciliation between Hong My and Lt. Col. Stiles, an American pilot who was shot down by My.
Cherry went on to become Commander and Leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds; Commander of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Inspector General of the Pacific Air Forces; Commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing flying the F-16 and Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service.
Cherry and Stiles will speak at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10. Tickets are $25, or $20 for museum members.
For more information, call the Marietta Museum of History at (770) 794-5710.
* Marietta Daily Journal and Roswell Street Baptist Church will host a tribute to veterans at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, in the church’s worship center.
The event is free and open to the community.
Roswell Street Baptist Church is at 774 Roswell St. in Marietta.
* American Legion Post 294 of Powder Springs will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Powder Springs Veterans Memorial in front of the Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta St. in Powder Springs.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Post home, 3282 Florence Road, one block north of CH James Parkway next to the First Citizens Bank.
Also, citizens are reminded that faded and worn U.S. flags should not be flown. They can be dropped in the red, white, and blue mailbox in front of the Post’s building for proper disposal.
For more information, contact the Post’s Senior Vice Commander, John Hollner III, at (770) 944-0801.