Marietta National Cemetery · Marietta, Georgia
May 30, 2016 · 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 28, 2016 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 30th 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.

Keynote Speaker:  
Major General Scholes 

Maj. Gen. Edison E. Scholes, U.S. Army (Retired) will be the guest speaker this year at our annual Memorial Day Observance.

Major General Scholes served the United Stated Army for 35-years. During his years of commendable service to our country, the Major General’s duties included four combat tours in three conflicts, including the Vietnam War, Operation Just Cause in Panama, and Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Kuwait.

Key leadership positions from Platoon Leader to Deputy Commanding General of XVIII Airborne Corps, Third U.S. Army, and a major NATO command. He has served in Infantry, Airborne Infantry, Special Forces, and Ranger units, to include, as noted, four combat tours in three conflicts.

The Major General’s Primary theater of interest since 1980 has been Middle East. The Maj. General retired from active military in 1996 to assume position as Program General Manager of Army supervised contract providing training and support to Saudi Arabian National Guard.

After six and a half years in Saudi Arabia, he returned to U.S. in 2002 as private consultant. Since June 2002, he has worked as private contractor for several U.S. firms, which involved defense related work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Algeria, Columbia, Peru, Bolivia and the USA.

Major General Scholes (ret.) has a career of distinguished service and received the Purple Heart with oak leaf clusters among other outstanding recognitions.

Honoree Organization for 2016 Ceremony:

The 75th Ranger Regiment Association