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Veterans to be honored during ceremony at Walk of Heroes

If You Go

What: Annual Walk of Heroes Veterans Day program

Where: Georgia Veterans Memorial Park at Randy Poynter Lake, 3001 Black Shoals Road.

When: Program begins 11 a.m. Friday. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

For more information: www.walkofheroes....>

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Walk of Heroes/Veterans Memorial Park will host the annual program to honor Veterans Day on Friday at 11 a.m.

The program and park entry will be free to the public.

"It'll be a way to honor our local veterans and our veterans as a whole," said Tommy Clack, director of Rockdale County Veterans Services.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will last approximately one hour. The public is encouraged to arrive early to make the 11 a.m. start. Park gates will open at 9:30 a.m. Clack said the program will follow the standard format laid out for Veterans Day; however, this year there will also be a dedication ceremony.

"This particular year, we are going to be naming the entry road into the memorial," Clack said. "We're actually naming that street the Bud Sosebee Industrial Street. It's named after a former commissioner who was instrumental in getting this (veterans memorial) established."

Randy Poynter Lake is named after another member of the same Board of Commissioners, Clack said. The department plans to name the entry to the park, after renovations are completed, after the third commissioner, Norman Wheeler.

Clack said the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. to honor Armistice Day, an international holiday celebrating the end of World War I. In 1952, President Dwight Eisenhower declared the day Veterans Day, in order to celebrate all those who had fought in wars.

Clack said this year's event would be particularly memorable because it takes place on Nov. 11, 2011. Veterans Services will be passing out posters to commemorate the event.

"We've got Nov. 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. We won't ever see those numbers in that sequence ever again," he said. "The reason we're giving these posters out is some veterans collect them, but the visual statement of 11-11-11 does make it a keepsake."

Clack said he hoped people would come spend their Veterans Day at the Walk of Heroes park.

"We encourage the public to come and be with us and help honor and say thank you to our Conyers/Georgia/America veterans," Clack said.

For more information about the Veterans Day program and the Walk of Heroes, visit www.walkofheroes.org.