Marietta National Cemetery · Marietta, Georgia
May 25, 2015 · 12:00 pm

The Marietta National Cemetery is canonized ground. Inside its storied gates are buried more than 10,000 veterans, spanning 23 states, from New York and Michigan to Alabama and Georgia. Men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in other wars also rest peacefully at the 140-year-old cemetery.

For more than a half century now, a ceremony has occurred every Memorial Day at Marietta National Cemetery to honor all those who served and gave their life for our country’s freedom. It is a time to reflect on — and honor — those who stood heroically by their country during battle and who are today making the same unshakable commitment of valor in far away lands. Sponsored by the National Memorial Day Association of Georgia and The Avenue of Flags, this year’s event promises to once again stir emotions and teach young and old alike what the words duty, honor and country truly mean.

On May 23, 2015 at 8 AM, the Saturday before Memorial Day, the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts of America and Brownies will place flags on each grave.

The Memorial Day event begins at noon on May 25th and will feature patriotic music, posting of the colors, prayers, a gun salute and inspiring speakers. All veterans, as well the general public, are invited to attend what will be a meaningful and memorable ceremony.

Guest Speaker:  
Major General Stayce D. Harris 

Maj. Gen. Stayce D. Harris is Commander, 22nd Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. TwentySecond Air Force has command supervision of the Reserve's Air Mobility Operations and ther vital mission sets to include undergraduate pilot training, flight test operations and a highly mobile civil engineering response force. With more than 15,000 Reservists and 105 unit-equipped aircraft, 22nd Air Force contributes daily to the Air Force's worldwide operational mission.

General Harris received a commission in the Air Force through the University of Southern California's Air Force ROTC program. She served on active duty until joining the Air Force Reserve in 1991. Her staff assignments include serving as a Mobility Force Planner for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations and as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force. In her civilian occupation, she is a commercial airline pilot flying routes to Asia and Europe. Prior to her current position, General Harris served as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Mobility Command Scott AFB, Illinois.

Honoree Organization for 2015 Ceremony:

Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association