Warner Robins to celebrate Veterans Day at City Hall

November 6, 2013 

The city of Warner Robins invites the public to attend its Veterans Day Celebration at City Hall, 700 Watson Blvd., at 11 a.m. Monday.

The third annual Procession for the Celebration will begin at the American Legion Post 172, located at 1345 Radio Loop Road directly off Watson Boulevard. The procession is a free ride and hosted by the American Legion Riders of Post 172 with ALR Post 594 and Tuskegee Airman GA.

Riders of motorcycles, show cars and show trucks are invited to assemble at the American Legion for biscuits and coffee at 9 a.m. before the procession to City Hall.

The ceremony is scheduled to end at 11:45 a.m. in time for the Vet Fest 2013 in support of Operation Troop Aid. The festival takes place at 1044 Booth Road and is hosted by Blue Duck Events. Visit www.blueduckevents.org/vet-fest2013 for more details.

The Museum of Aviation will also host some special activities to commemorate Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday. Briefers will be on hand to share their knowledge and experiences about aircraft and military equipment. Veterans from all of the armed forces are especially invited to share in cutting a Veterans Day cake at 1 p.m. in the museum’s World War II Hangar.

“We’ll be open all day during our normal hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m,” says Ken Emery, museum director. “But between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., we’ll recognize all veterans with special briefings and displays.”

Tuskegee Airmen Association members and representatives will also be on hand to talk about their rich history, the aircraft and missions they flew. Pilots who have flown F-15 fighter and C-141 cargo planes will also be on hand. Special briefers will be at the Museum’s Southeast Asia Exhibit hangar to share stories about the aircraft and the equipment used during that conflict. And World War II equipment belonging to Chuck Herbert, a collector from Kathleen, will also be on display.

The museum’s Victory Café, located at the observation deck on the third floor of the Eagle Building, will be serving lunch during the Veterans Day activities, and the gift shop will be open. For further information about these events and the Museum of Aviation in general, contact Bob Dubiel at 478-926-6870.

Mark your calendar now for the Giving Thanks Food Drive 500 for 5K during the annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 30. The Central Georgia Turkey Trot is a family event with a course designed for runners and walkers alike. It is sponsored by the Central Georgia Soccer Association, whose mission is to develop and grow soccer efforts throughout Middle Georgia.

The race will be held at the CGSA complex, 110 Snellgrove Drive in Warner Robins. All proceeds from the run go toward supporting youth programs, funding soccer scholarships for underprivileged families and maintaining the extensively used soccer fields.

The Central Georgia Turkey Trot is part of the Run and See Georgia Race Series.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, sponsors of the run are asking that all runners, spectators and attendees donate non-perishable food to The Giving Thanks Food Drive that day. The CGSA is Partnering with All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Warner Robins in the challenge to raise 500 pounds of food for the hungry of Warner Robins and Houston County. All donated food items will be shared locally as part of All Saints’ effort in feeding 6,000-7,000 people annually in Houston County.

For more information about the Central Georgia Soccer Association Turkey Trot and fun run call 478-987-2455 or visit www.cgsaclub.com. To learn more about the Giving Thanks Food Drive call All Saints’ Episcopal church at 478-923-1791 or visit www.allsaints.episcopalatlanta.org.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau. Contact her at 478-922-5100 or cvb@wrga.gov.

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