Veterans Day events set at Oconee Hill, Athens-Clarke library

Members of the UGA ROTC Color Guard present the flags for a Veterans Day celebration at Oconee Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 in Athens, Ga. (File/Staff)

The Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery will hold the group’s annual Veterans Day Observance on Friday at the cemetery off East Campus Road near Sanford Stadium.

 

The Athens-Clarke County Library and other organizations have also scheduled events Friday or over the weekend in honor of military veterans.

The Oconee Hill Cemetery ceremony is set to begin at 11 a.m. in the cemetery’s flagpole plaza.

Maj. Antonio Pitman of the University of Georgia’s ROTC unit is the scheduled speaker. The Oconee County High School choir will perform the national anthem.

The library at 2025 Baxter St. plans Veterans Day events for Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., the library and the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society will host a program on researching World War I ancestors. The program is free and open to the public.

Genealogist Rosemary Cantrell will also discuss the war’s context and effects in different countries, and will take those who attend through a genealogical case study of one American World War I soldier.

Then on Sunday, the library hosts a free screening of the documentary “Poppy Lady” at 3 p.m.

The documentary tells the story of Moina Michael, who established the practice of selling poppies to raise funds for needy veterans a century ago.

Born in the Walton County community of Good Hope, Michael was a teacher at the Lucy Cobb Institute and the University of Georgia. She was in Europe when the Great War began in 1914, and a few years later, inspired by the John McCrae poem “In Flanders Fields,” began wearing a poppy in remembrance of the war’s veterans. In 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as a symbol, and sales of poppies have raised many millions of dollars to benefit veterans in the United States and European countries.

Following the film, Delois Gainey of the local Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will discuss Michael’s contributions and today’s DAR support for veterans

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