Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Georgia Veterans Day Association, Inc., is to honor, support and thank all who have served and are currently serving our Nation in the United States Military. We accomplish these goals by hosting the Nation's largest Veterans Day Parade and annual Freedom Ball, promoting the truth that freedom is not free and exhibiting the belief of freedom through service.
Another facet of our mission is to educate the public and citizens of Georgia about the sacrifices of our Nation's military. Through outreach programs to educators or through our promotion of JROTC/ROTC programs in Georgia's schools, we must ensure our children understand the sacrifices of our Veterans and how proudly our military members have served our Nation.
Dear Fellow Veterans and Supporters,
It is truly an honor to continue to lead this amazing group of volunteers who tirelessly work each year to honor our Nation's Veterans. Our association meets every month to plan the great events that we present each year. I have never met a group more dedicated to our Veterans.
Our theme for our 2017 events will be based on the 100th Anniversary of the introduction of American military forces into World War I. Our theme is simply titled "WWI Centennial" and we look forward to presenting events that will mark this occasion in a way that both honors those who served and educates our citizens on this often overlooked chapter in our history.
World War I was one of the most brutal and costly wars that our military has participated in. The technology of war also entered a new phase with the introduction of the machine gun, armored tanks, air operations, and chemical weapons. I have studied military history for many years and was amazed of the facts that I didn't know about this period. I encourage everyone to learn more about The Great War and to use our events to gain more knowledge.
Another important reason that we want to pay special honors to World War I is due to the connection to Veterans Day. Next year, on 11 November 2018, the world will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I on what would become known as Armistice Day. Then in 1954, President Eisenhower declared that November 11th would now be known as Veterans Day.
We are very pleased to announce that Major General James Everette Livingston, MOH, USMC (Ret.) will be the 2017 Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal and the Freedom Ball Keynote Speaker. His participation greatly enchances our events and I look forward to hearing more about his 33 continuous years of service to our Nation.
Additional information will be made available in the comings months, but I urge you to mark your calendars for 11 November 2017. Join me and the entire association in paying special honors to our America's serivce during World War I and for reminding our fellow citizens of the service and sacrifices of our Veterans and active duty military.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact me direct at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin L Miller
A message from our President -
All Officers and Board of Director Members are Volunteers and receive no compensation.
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs recognizes us as a Regional Site for our Veterans Day events.
Our association meets monthly (and sometimes weekly) all year to plan our events.
This year marks the 36th annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade presented by the GVDA.
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