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:PAGE 10-A HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 Photography By Andy Kober YOUNG PATRIOTS - Members of the Air Force JROTC program at Callaway High School presented the flags of the four branches of the military during the Veterans Day Service in Hogansville. The students are: Cadet Major Savannah Addison, Cadet Major Jasmine Diaz, Cadet Major Logan Thorp, Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Hunter White. GOOD MUSIC The Hogansville Elementary School Chorus did a good job performing patriotic music during last Friday's Veterans Day service in -Iogansville. By ANDY KOBER Other Veterans Day celebrations might be larger, but none offer heartfelt sincere appreciation for veterans than in Hogansvflle. This was evidenced by the crowd that gathered at Calvin Hipp Veterans Memorial Park during the workday last Friday to honor not only those veterans from Hogansville, but all veterans. Hogansville's Veterans Day celebration continues to grow and this year included amenities not offered before. Those ameni- ties included hot apple cider courtesy of the WMU at Highland Baptist Church. American Legion Post 152 had com- memorative hats, magnets and other items for sale. In addition, Post 152 had food avail- able at the conclusion of the service with menu items including BBQ, baked beans and other items. Those attending the Veterans Day cere- mony were welcomed to the city and the event by City Manager David Milliron and the National Anthem was performed by Ralph Lynch. Among those noted in attendance were council members George Bailey and Reginald Jackson, council member-elect Marichal Price and past council members Jean Crocker and Charlie Frank Martin. Also attending was Greg Panzer, representing Congressman Drew Ferguson. As in past years, at Honor Guard from the Troup County Sheriff's Office partici- pated in the ceremony. Air Force JROTC students from Callaway High School car- ried the military service flags. In addition, the choir from Hogansville Elementary School performed patriotic songs for the event. The keynote speaker for the event was Command Sgt. Major (Ret.) Leon Aaron, Jr. After serving in the US Army for 27 years, Aaron began working as the local Veterans Employment Representative for the Georgia Department of Labor. "We have thousands of soldiers deployed right now," Aaron told those attending and recognized those veterans present. "You cannot imagine the pride I have shaking the hand of a veteran," Aaron said. Aaron shared not having originally corL-: sidered making service in the US Army a career but found his calling in three words: Duty, Honor, and Country. He called for m0rg: support of veterans. Taking a moment to address the children from Hogansville Elementary School, Aaron told them to "be proud of whatever you do."! A number of people were recognized dur- ing the Veterans Day Service. Bobby Langford, who served in Vietnam,: was honored for his 40 years of service in! the American Legion. George Bailey, veteran of Desert Storm, i was recognized for his efforts in org g the Veterans Day event in HogansviUe for nine years of service in the Americ n Legion. Mary Torres, US Navy wife, were hon:- ored for her continuing contributions to the American Legion. Special recognition was offered to Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr and USAF Chief Master Sgt. Riley Lamb who heads the JROTC program at Callaway High School. They were recognized for their efforts in leading students to help others, including God's Bread Basket, the food pantry in HogansviUe. Among his comments, Hart noted that last year 60 Thanksgiving meals were pro- vided to needy people in the community, an incredible amount of food items donated to God's Bread Basket, emergency food stocks supplied, and elementary school children holding drives for canned food items. During the Veterans Day service, a finan- cial contribution was made to Pastor Terry Rainwater for God's Bread Basket. Rainwater said the contribution would pur- chase about 400 pounds of food for the food pantry. During the Veterans Day Service, the "Veteran of the Year" was recognized and this year that person was US Marine Leon Dyes, a veteran of the Vietnam War. Among his other awards and medals, Dyes was wounded and received the Purple Heart. *"It's an honor and privilege to serve my country," Dyes told those attending the cer- emony. WELCOME TO ALL - Stepping for Mayer Bill Stankiewicz who was out of town, City Manager David MUliron expressing the city's welcome to all those attend- the Veterans Day se ,/ ........... : ice. PROUD MARINE - US Marine Corps Veteran Leon Dyes (right), who served in Vietnam, was named Hogansville's ' /eteran of the Year" during Friday's ceremony. HELPING THE COMMUNITY - Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr (right) and US E Chief Master Sgt. Riley Lamb (right, rear) were recognized for their efforts in encou(, - ing school students to help provide food for the needy. They also made a contribution that was received by Pastor Terry Rainwater (left, rear) representing God's Bread Basket. HATS AND MORE - American Legion Post 152 had commemorative hats, magnets and other items available during the Veterans Day ceremony and Rebecca Torres is shown with the items. NINE YEARS - Hogansville city council member George Bailey (left) was honored for nine years of service to American Legion Post 152. Bailey is a US Army veter- an of Desert Storm. The award is shown being pre- sented by Commander of American Legion Post 152 Lanny Braswell.