Planning committee members of Columbia County's third annual Red, White and Blue Veterans' Celebration Memorial Day event have almost completed plans for the biggest and best celebration yet.
"It is getting closer and closer and I think we are about ready to get everything pulled together," said committee co-chair Jim Whitehead at the planning meeting Thursday.
The holiday event will be Saturday, May, 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the field behind the Evans Kroger.
It will include a parade with the Columbia County Girl Scouts of America troops. Scouts with deployed parents will carry a photo of that parent, said Tammy John with the Martinez-Evans service unit.
"So many of our little girls have parents who are not here," she said.
American flags dropped off to American Legion Post 192 in Evans or brought to the event will be burned in a formal flag retirement ceremony performed by legion members.
"We are so glad you are here. (The celebration) can never get too big to honor all of you and your fallen. That is what it is all about," Jim Whitehead told the military personnel present at the meeting.
Fireworks, a parade, children's entertainment, arts and craft vendors, lots of food and a sing-a-long with the patriotic tunes of the Army Signal Corps Band and lots of children's entertainment highlight the event.
Veterans whose high school was interrupted by military service in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War, will be given high school diplomas from their perspective high schools.
The committee will be accepting desserts donations for the Hospitality Tent to feed event volunteers, Girl Scouts and soldiers in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and others. Any goodies can be dropped off in the auditorium of the Evans Government Complex after 3 p.m. the day of the event.
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