Memorial Day services

May 27, 2011 

A sampler of upcoming Memorial Day observances across Middle Georgia:

1 p.m. Saturday. “Honoring Pvt. Benjamin”: The remains of Marine Pvt. James Howard Benjamin, who was killed during World War II on Oct. 29, 1944, will be moved from Montezuma to Andersonville National Cemetery. Benjamin trained at Montford Point, and the Montford Point Marines were the first black unit to serve in the Marine Corps. Saturday, surviving family members will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders and members of the Veteran of Foreign Wars from West Mortuary in Montezuma to Andersonville, where Benjamin will re-interred with full honors. The service will begin at 1 p.m. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop and James T. Averhart Jr., the national president of the Montford Point Marine Association.

Fundraiser for Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps wounded troops and their families. 10-6 p.m. Saturday and Monday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, The Antique Mall of Warner Robins, 1815 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins. Selling barbecue plates and raffle tickets and taking donations.

10 a.m. Monday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Dooley and Broad streets, Hawkinsville. 892-9372.

10 a.m. Monday, Macon Memorial Park, 3969 Mercer University Drive. Paying special tribute to the 37 war dead buried in the park.

10:45 a.m. Monday, Sandersville courthouse square. State Rep. Mack Jackson will be the speaker. In case of rain, event will be held in the Washington County EMC Civic Room.

11 a.m. Monday, Byron Municipal Complex auditorium.

11 a.m. Monday, Magnolia Park Cemetery, Warner Robins.

11 a.m. Monday, Linwood Cemetery, Walnut Street. Retired (Air Force) Lt. Col. Jacqueline G. Scott will be the speaker. 746-0589.

Noon-4 p.m. Monday, Fort Hawkins, Emery Highway. Following a brief ceremony at Fort Hill Cemetery at noon, the Fort Hawkins Historic Site will be open to visitors. During the fort’s 22 years of service from 1806-1828, up to 200 Army soldiers died while at the fort, and they are buried in unmarked graves at the nearby Fort Hill Cemetery. 742-3003 or www.forthawkins.com.

11 a.m. Monday, courthouse square, Hazlehurst. Lt. Col. Jason Bush will be the speaker. 1 p.m. Monday, music at Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center.

2 p.m. Monday, First Baptist Family Life Center, Dublin. Dedication of the Lt. Col. William “Doc” Stinson Highway. Stinson was awarded a Silver Star for heroism during the Vietnam War.

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