CONYERS — The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Conyers will host a symposium in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW at 1432 VFW Drive in Conyers.
The purpose of the symposium is to raise awareness for the Wounded Warriors Program. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family, and proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Speakers will include:
• Tommy Clack, combat veteran of two tours of duty in Vietnam. Clack was seriously wounded during his second tour. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Veterans Memorial Park in Rockdale County and the Walk of Heroes. Clack’s topic will be, “Freedom isn’t Free.”
• Brigadier Gen. Rich McPhee (retired). McPhee is a graduate of West Point and served combat tours in Kosovo, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraq. He is an officer of the Pipes and Drums (US) band and will play “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipes. His topic will be, “The search for WMD in Iraq.”
• Mike Morris, a Vietnam War veteran. Morris will speak on his ancestors who served in the Civil War and during the Normandy Beach Invasion of France.
• Mayor Roger Sheridan, a World War II combat engineer. Sheridan was recently re-elected as mayor of Newborn, making him the oldest active mayor in America. He will speak on liberating a concentration camp during World War II.
• Jack Simpson, a World War II veteran. Simpson will speak on the invasion of Italy at Anzio Beach, one of the hardest-fought battles of the war.
• Herb Smith, one of the elites of the elite. Smith was a guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and will speak on the Tomb and his tour as a guard.
• Bud Sosebee, a World War II combat veteran. Sosebee served as a Rockdale County commissioner for 12 years and will speak on meeting up with the Russians during World War II.
• Peter Elizabeth Wolfe, the daughter of Cherokee Native Americans. Wolfe served during Desert Storm and in Bosnia. A retired Army major, she is currently a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy and will speak on local veteran-related activities.