Gov. Deal to attend Memorial Day event at National Cemetery
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From staff reports

Gov. Nathan Deal will be among those attending a Memorial Day program Saturday at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, his office confirmed Thursday.

Maj. General James Butterworth, head of the Georgia National Guard, is the keynote speaker for the event to honor those who lost their lives in service to the country and all military members who have or are serving.

The ceremony is at 10 a.m. at the cemetery off Highway 20 near Knox Bridge in Canton.

Marge Helgerson, cemetery director, urged those planning to attend to carpool because of limited parking. Those planning to attend may want to bring folding chairs and weather-related gear, she said.

Georgia National Cemetery is the second national cemetery in Georgia and the 123rd in the national cemetery system. It opened to the public in 2006.

On Monday, a Memorial Service is planned in Woodstock at 10 a.m. to include speeches, a dove release and the Laying of the Wreath ceremony at The Park at City Center in downtown.

The ceremony will include comments by state Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock.)

Keynote Speaker is John A. Forrest, a retired major with the U.S. Marine Corps. Woodstock’s Mayor Donnie Henriques and councilmembers Bud Leonard and Tessa Basford will attend.

The East Cobb New Horizons Concert Band, bagpipes by Geno Summers and the American Legion Post 316 will be part of the ceremony.

The event is to honor all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, organizers said. The event is sponsored by the city of Woodstock Parks and Recreation office.
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