Mark Your Calendar: South Burlington Veterans Memorial Dedication and Celebration Set for May 17

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Thursday May 01, 2014

The South Burlington Veterans Memorial Project was completed last fall, and now the Veterans Memorial committee is gearing up for the dedication and community celebration Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m. at Dorset Park.

Come out to Dorset Park for the official dedication and the lively community activities which will run throughout the remainder of the day. 

The dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. when veterans will formally be recognized, as will partners and contributors. In addition to an introduction and history of the Veterans Memorial, the service will also provide an opportunity to introduce its designers, and  to hear from special guest speakers Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, the adjutant general of Vermont; Rep. Helen Head, chair of General Housing and Military Affairs; and Command Sergeant Maj. Paul Edwards of VTANG.

Among the moving ceremonial honors that will take place are the presentation of the flag by Vermont National Guards’ Color Guard, The National Anthem sung by Gary Moreau, and a 21 gun salute by VTANG. 

At 3 p.m. join in the community celebration with a multitude of exciting activities planned by South Burlington’s Recreation and Parks department. Patriotic music and entertainment at the Band Shell, sports activities, public skating, and a concert in the park are among some of the fun activities to look forward to on this special day.  Children can play on bounce castle and obstacle course inflatables, show off their abilities on a climbing wall, partake in carnival games and crafts, check out the book mobile, enjoy face painting, and join adults in a break for delicious treats. 

Save the date: Saturday May 17, as well as the rain date, Sunday May 18, 2 p.m. Shuttle service will be available at the South Burlington High School starting 1:20 p.m. and transportation will be available to all senior facilities in South Burlington. Check the schedule at each location beginning May 12.

Come out, and join in a community celebration of gratitude for the veterans who dedicated their lives for the protection and well-being of their families, friends, neighbors, and citizens of the United States of America.

SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold, Correspondent