The Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery honored veterans Friday, and more observances are scheduled over the weekend, all free and open to the public.
Veterans Day is today and the Oconee Veterans Memorial Foundation has scheduled an 11 a.m. event at Oconee County Veterans Park. Retired U.S. Marine Ray Fairman will speak and the event will also include tables with information and other resources for veterans as well as refurbished military vehicles and equipment.
Later today from 2 to 4 p.m., the Athens-Clarke County Library at 2025 Baxter St. will conduct a genealogical workshop on researching World War I ancestors.
A second Veterans Day program is set for Oconee County Veterans Park Sunday at 2:30 p.m. William Herbert Smith, once a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, will speak in a program sponsored by the Rev. John Andrew chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Oconee County.
Also on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library, the documentary “Poppy Lady” on Moina Michael will be shown. Michael, a Walton County woman who taught at the University of Georgia, established the poppy as a universal symbol of tribute and support for veterans during World War I, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields.”
On Monday, a special Veterans Day mass is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Catholic Center at 1344 South Lumpkin St. in Athens.
Veterans Day, honoring those who served in the military, began as “Armistice Day,” commemorating the signing of the armistice that formally ended World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954, the U.S. Congress renamed it Veterans Day.