By Greg Gelpi
In observance of Veterans' Day, the state's official in charge of coordinating Georgia's holiday activities spoke in Jonesboro.
Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Pete Wheeler was the guest speaker at American Legion Post 258 in Jonesboro Friday night, thanking all who have served in the military in the past and those currently serving today.
He spoke of the need for Americans to serve in the military, reminding listeners that through the dedication of veterans the country has attained greatness.
"We may be uncertain about many things in America, but we should have no reason to be uncertain about the respect and honor we owe to those who served this nation," Wheeler said.
The need for service and sacrifice isn't over and may never be over, he said.
"The evil of this world is much like bacteria-it's always among us," Wheeler said. "And if left alone, it always grows.
"To stop it, many young men and women have to sacrifice and leave their peaceful occupations."
Other area activities for Veterans' Day, include a birthday party and a parade.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6330 in Jonesboro will celebrate the 228th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps at 5 p.m. today. The celebration will include a birthday cake and a ceremony with the reading of the commandant of the Marine Corps' message. All Marines, their families and friends are invited to attend.
Atlanta will observe Veterans' Day with a parade. Gov. Sonny Perdue will be the grand marshall of Tuesday's 22nd Annual Veterans' Day Parade in Atlanta at 11:11 a.m.
The parade will begin at the corner of West Peachtree and 17th streets. It will then proceed down Peachtree to the reviewing stand at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Street.