Memorial Day Committee stands strong in quest

Group secures civilian assets
May. 13, 2013 @ 01:21 PM

While the government’s sequestration of military assets for Thomasville’s Memorial Day parade has caused some frustration, a sense of purpose has allowed the Committee to revamp the day’s festivities.
Members of the Memorial Day Committee met Saturday at the Thomasville Fire Department.
Joe Leonard, chief executive officer of the committee, and Joel Pierce, chief of staff, addressed a group of nearly 30 people at the Thomasville Fire Station.
"It has been tougher to get military assets," Pierce said. “To work around that, we've tried to get civilian assets. There are civilians, retired military personnel who have served our country and just don't wear the uniform now. They are excited about coming to Thomasville for (the parade)."
The schedule of events includes the following:

Saturday, May 25
8 a.m. Golf tournament at Winding Creek Golf Course
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wall-Mart and Kmart display

Sunday, May 26
4 p.m. Dinner at Hillsdie Park Baptist Church
5:10 p.m. Memorial Service at Hillside Park Baptist Church
7 p.m. 82nd Airborne Division Band Concert at Finch Auditorium

Monday, May 27
10 a.m. Laying of the wreath at Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial on I-85, Parade bandstand opens.
11 a.m. Parade proceeds from downtown to Cushwa Stadium
12:30 p.m. Address by MG Jeffrey N. colt, XVII Airborne Deputy Commander.
1 p.m. Ceremony and family presentation
1:30 p.m. Parachute jump at Cushwa Statidum (civilian).

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or