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Memorial ready for Veteran's Day services
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Life's work: Former county Comissioners Bud Soesbee, right, and Norman Wheeler, left, and the late Commissioner Randy Poynter were the driving force behind the creation of the park. Soesbee and Wheeler are still involved in the daily details of the project.
Veterans Day Program
November 11, 2009 11:00 A.M.
Georgia Veterans Memorial
Blackshoals Park, Conyers, Ga

Call To Order
Norman Wheeler, Chairman
Veterans Memorial Park Foundation Board

Presentation Of Colors
Salem High School Marine Jrotc

Pledge Of Allegiance
Rebecca Hill, Event Coordinator, Ga International Horse Park

National Anthem
Cymia Telleria, 6th Grader

Bishop Jim Swilley, Senior Pastor, Church In The Now

Welcome & Remarks
Chairman Richard Oden, Rockdale County Board Of Commissioners

Introduction Of Guests
Steve Lee, VMP Volunteer

Georgia Veterans
Bud Sosebee, Chairman Emeritus, Memorial & Founding Father, VMP Foundation Board

Medley Of Service Songs
Veterans stand during their song

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Pastor Eric Lee, Springfield Baptist Church

Keynote Speaker
MSGT Val Archer, USAF Retired
Original Tuskegee Airman, WW II

Patriotic Songs

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Designated Individuals

Closing Remarks
Tommy Clack, Director VMP Board

American Legion Post 77

Benediction Pastor Jeff Meyers, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church Conyers

Thank You To: Betty Parks, Al 77 Auxiliary; Breedlove Land Planning And Knights Of
Columbus And Philologia Masonic Lodge 178 And Chick-Fil-A For Food; Abc Awards; Rockdale County Parks & Recreation; Salem High School Marine Jrotc; Spinks Printing;
All Volunteers With The County & The Vmp Board ; And All Agenda Participants.

For Bud Soesbee and Norman Wheeler, this Veteran’s Day will be more than just a moment on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember our veterans. That’s because the newly completed stage area on the Walk of Heroes at the Veteran’s Memorial Park is ready for its debut at the annual Veteran’s Day commemorations on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

The decade-plus project recently completed the $1.2 million second phase, which includes the stage, flag poles, infrastructure for the walk, marble and bronze plaques and partially completed walkway.

Although there area many unfinished portions – the enclaves for each of the major wars in the 20th century designed to function as a teachable class space, the home front section, a museum and amphitheater – the park is finally coming to life off the page.

Wheeler explained they decided to concentrate on finishing sections of the Walk so that it could be usable to the public even as it was being constructed.

Visitor David Butch Elder said his father, who died a few years ago and had been a Marine in Pearl Harbor, would have loved to see the memorial.

The whole project will cost an estimated $25 to 26 million, mostly out of federal grants and funds, when completed. Organizers hope to raise a significant portion of the costs through sales of memorial pavers, about 168,000 of which will be available to put into the walk itself.

For more information on donating or purchasing pavers, visit or call 1-800-CONYERS. - M.K.