Canton plans day full of events in honor of veterans
by Joshua Sharpe
November 07, 2013 10:57 PM | 1664 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The city of Canton and its Canton Tourism committee are partnering with American Legion Post 45 to present a day full of events honoring veterans in downtown Canton on Saturday, including retiring a number of flags. During the celebration beginning at 10 a.m., spectators will see a retirement ceremony for American flags that previously flew throughout the city, leading off the events, followed by a Young Marine Corps League graduation in Cannon Park and the annual Veterans Day parade, which starts at 1 p.m.

Pat Gold, a member of Canton Tourism, said all are invited to attend the events and help show servicemen and women how appreciative Canton is of their sacrifice to their country.

During the first event Saturday, Cherokee High School ROTC will lead the flag-retirement ceremony outside the Cherokee County Justice Center where 72 American flags from around the city will be properly disposed of by burning, Gold said.

Gold said the flags are all between 8 and 9 years old and are being replaced because of their age.

“They were faded. Some were tattered, and they were starting to look worn,” she said. “That’s just not the way it’s supposed to be.”

To solve the problem, Canton Tourism has funded the purchase of 72 replacement flags, which cost the group $1,332 from the Flag Company in Acworth, Gold said.

Gold added that all the flags are American-made.

“That was something that was important to us, too,” she said.

Gold said she expects plenty to attend the ceremonies Saturday.

“We usually do get a good turnout,” she said.

Raymond Rollins, post commander at American Legion Post 45, is also looking for a good number of residents to come out.

“It’s usually a pretty good size,” he said.

Rollins said the parade will last between 30 to 45 minutes and includes veterans, the Young Marine Corps League, officials and others.

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