published Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Area events honor veterans

Across the United States, groups, schools, cities and individuals will mark Veterans Day on Friday.

The holiday was first observed by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, which occurred on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Wilson urged citizens to acknowledge the day with "exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will."

An act approved on May 13, 1938, made Nov. 11 a legal holiday called Armistice Day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

On June 1, 1954, following fighting in World War II, then the Korean War, Congress renamed the holiday Veterans Day to honor the veterans of all wars.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation "to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary."

Some area events honoring Veterans Day:

What: Flagpole ceremony and breakfast

Where: Brookwood Elementary School, 501 Central Ave., Dalton, Ga.

When: 8:45 a.m. Friday

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What: Ridgeland JROTC event featuring Lt. Col. Phillip Byrd

Where: Ridgeland High School, 2478 Happy Valley Road, Rossville

When: 9 a.m. Friday

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What: Veterans Day Ceremony

Where: Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave., Chattanooga

When: Music at 10:30 a.m., ceremony at 11. Friday

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What: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Where: 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. (Courthouse Plaza)

When: 11 a.m. Friday

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What: Bell ringing

Where: Participating churches in downtown Chattanooga

When: 11:11 a.m. Friday

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What: Salute to Our Veterans concert

Where: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga

When: Noon-4 p.m. Friday

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What: Veterans lunch

Where: Girls Preparatory School, 205 Island Ave., Chattanooga

When: Noon for invited guests. Friday

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What: Veterans Day Celebration at Ringgold Depot featuring the Jericho Brass

Where: Ringgold Depot at U.S. Highway 41 and Depot Street, Ringgold, Ga.

When: 6:15-7:15 p.m. Friday

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What: Dalton Veterans Day Parade

Where: The parade begins at First Baptist Church on Thornton Avenue; Marine Joey Jones, who lost his legs during a bomb blast in Afghanistan, is grand marshal; a luncheon with Jones and other veterans will be served at the VFW post at 618 Veterans Drive after the parade.

When: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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