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Veterans Day events scheduled

Veterans from across Troup County will be honored Wednesday for the annual observance of Veterans Day.

Events are scheduled in Hogansville and LaGrange to honor those who served in the military.

In LaGrange, the member organizations of the West Georgia Veterans Council will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m.

According to Bernard Bledsoe, the West Georgia Veterans Council is hosting this annual ceremony in honor of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the armistice agreement to end World War I took effect.

“Everyone is invited to be a part of this ceremony which is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes,” Bledsoe said.

The ceremony will include a welcome, presentation of colors, group singing, recognition of veterans, a message from retired Master Sergeant Patricia E. Liddell and a laying of a wreath.

Bledsoe said that this year they were not able to nominate a veteran of the year.

“We had no way to nominate anyone due to having no activities or meetings really this year,” Bledsoe said. “We are trying to get everything back into gear.”

The Troup County Veterans Memorial is on the left of the old courthouse and parking deck. Unlike years past, chairs will not be provided but attendees can bring their own folding chairs. Bledsoe also said that if anyone wants to they can watch from the parking deck to avoid the crowd.

The service will also be streamed on The LaGrange Daily News Facebook page.

The American Legion Post 75, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 31, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4629 and 1st Sgt. Charles F Waller of Detachment 1040, Marine Corps League, will all be in attendance at the event.

The City of Hogansville will host its annual Veterans Day Service at 11 a.m. on Monday at Calvin Hipp Veterans Memorial Park across from the former PNC bank building at Lord and High streets.

Additionally, The LaGrange Elks Lodge on 905 South Davis Road will be serving a free meal to all veterans, active duty personnel and their families on Veterans Day from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.