Roswell Remembers is the largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia. In 1997, twelve patriotic individuals came together to create a non-political, non-commercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made in protecting our freedom. It attracted approximately 1,800 individuals. From that humble beginning, came an event which attracts people from throughout Georgia and the southeast.
The ceremony will be held May 27 on the grounds of Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill Street. Displays will be open to the public at 10:00 a.m. with pre-ceremony music beginning at 10:15 a.m. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will include a presentation of colors, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, “Lest we forget” POW-MIA, laying of the wreath, a featured speaker, benediction, 21-gun salute, and “Taps.” The poignant and beautiful bugle call will be played by Jon Andersen. Scott McAlilley serves as the lone bagpiper and a beautiful rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.” will be performed by Massee McKinley. The emcee will be Moby, who has a 25-year history as the top morning DJ in Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta. Known for his patriotism, Moby’s respect for those who serve our country and those who have given their all is evident as he emcees the military portion of the ceremony.
The featured speaker, Sergeant George Lingefelt, was born February 27, 1923 in Silver City, Georgia. He entered the Army in December 1942 and was officially sworn into service in 1943. After boot camp, Sergeant Lingefelt was assigned to the 81st Wildcat Division as an infantryman machine gunner.
The program will conclude at 12:30 p.m. After the military ceremony, enjoy a picnic on the City Hall grounds, or purchase BBQ available on site. Enjoy the Chuck Nation Band—based in north Georgia, the band is an ensemble of award-winning performers and one of the most entertaining and versatile groups in bluegrass/acoustic music.
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