Memorial Day will be observed at Georgia National Cemetery on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Assembly Area (across from the POW/MIA flag pole). The Cemetery’s Advisory Council has coordinated a dignified morning of activities commencing at 10 a.m. which are free and open to the public.
The most anticipated will be remarks by guest speaker, Major General James Everette Livingston, MOH, USMC (Ret). Major General Livingston served 33 continuous and impactful years on active duty in the Marine Corps. Throughout his career, he’s been distinguished with many honors and awards, but on May 2, 1968, while serving as the Commanding Officer, Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, he went above and beyond the call of duty. For action against enemy forces, he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. He documented his compelling experience in his book entitled Noble Warrior. He refuses to profit from his story, so he donates all proceeds to charity. Livingston will share his memories and visitors will learn more about his extensive service to our country. Purchases of his book are donated to the Patriots Point Foundation.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Assembly Area. The replica is exactly half the size of the original in Arlington National Cemetery and includes three crypt covers from World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans. Created by the Exchange Club of Rome, Ga., as a National Service project by the Americanism Committee, the replica was built with the assistance and permission of the Arlington National Cemetery. Members of the club travel cross-country with the replica to share and educate others about this memorial.
The event will conclude with public participated flag placement. Small American flags will be available at each section for distribution. Meanwhile, there will be a flyover by the Tiger Flight Foundation as an honor to our deceased veterans. Indeed, it will be a day to remember.