DUNWOODY, Ga. —The City of Dunwoody held its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at the Brook Run Park Veterans Memorial.
Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal, a retired Marine Corps brigadier general, was the keynote speaker. Dunwoody Police Major Michael Carlson, a Georgia National Guard captain, served as master of ceremonies.
The ceremony was co-hosted by the Dunwoody Veteran Events Planning Committee and Dunwoody Parks and Recreation.
“Veterans Day is an important Dunwoody tradition,” said Bev Wingate, coordinator of the committee. “It is a time to commemorate and honor the many brave men and women who have sacrificed to defend our country and protect our freedoms. It is a time to express gratitude to them and their families for a debt that can never be repaid.”
The Dunwoody Veteran Events Planning Committee includes veterans, active military and community volunteers. The committee works in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dunwoody Woman’s Club and Dunwoody Parks and Recreation to present veteran events.
Local students played important roles in this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony. The Dunwoody High School Air Force JROTC, led by retired Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Bennett, presented the colors. The Dunwoody High School Chorus performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Rev. Dr. David Lower, senior pastor at Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church, gave the invocation.