The Oconee Veterans Memorial Foundation will host a Memorial Day observance Monday at 12 p.m. at the front entrance of Oconee Veterans Park. In the event of inclement weather, the program will occur indoors at the park community center.

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice will be the guest speaker. Hice took office in 2015 as the representative of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District and serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Natural Resources Committee. Furthermore, he is the ranking member of the subcommittee on National Security and for the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Veteran organizations are encouraged to set up display tents and tables beginning at 11 a.m. The Reverend John Andrew Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will provide post ceremony refreshments.

The program will also include special music and the traditional laying of wreaths to honor those who sacrificed their life for our freedom. Wreath presenters are encouraged to register prior to the event. 

The Foundation will present an additional eight names to the North Wall of Honor and announce room for the final 48 Wall of Honor names that will be added to the wall prior to Veterans Day 2019. 

General donations are encouraged in order to provide for the continued maintenance of the memorial grounds. All proceeds from the Honor Our Patriots capital campaign offset construction and maintenance of the wall itself and the memorializing of the 39 killed service members from Oconee County who were killed in action. 

Partial funding for the project is made possible through the sponsorship of the Reverend John Andrew Chapter, NSDAR, Oconee State Bank, Wells Fargo, Oconee Foundations, LLC, Ruppert Landscape and others. 

The Wall of Honor tiles and a complete list of nominees to date will be available for review at the ceremony. Wall of Honor nomination forms will be available at the ceremony or at the foundation website oconeeveteransmemorial.com

For more information, contact David Kilpatrick at oconeeveteransmemorial@gmail.com 

For more on this story, see the May 23 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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