The Historic South-View Preservation Foundation, Inc. will celebrate the “Veterans Among Us” for the 2012 Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at noon.

They will pay tribute to the hundreds of veterans that also had productive civilian lives and worked side-by-side within the community now laid to rest at South-View. South-View will honor such veterans as: Graham W. Jackson, Navy veteran and renowned musician, Jesse Bee Blayton, Sr., Army veteran, and first African-American to own and operate a radio station in the U.S., I. Owen Funderburg, Army veteran, credited for championing Citizens Trust Bank in 1975 when he became President/CEO, and many other veterans past and present that contribute to the fabric of Atlanta.

The 2012 WAA ceremony will include the JROTC from The Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy under the direction of 1st Sgt. Mona Venning, with the invocation by Reverend Samuel L. Mostella, retired Army veteran and President of Georgia SCLC. Joe Beasley, retired Master Sgt. US Air Force veteran, civil rights leader, international humanitarian, and Director, Southeast Region Rainbow Push Coalition will participate as the guest speaker. South-View Cemetery welcomes all as they celebrate this poignant occasion and recognize the veterans among us.

For more information about Wreaths Across America, http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and South-View Cemetery, http://www.southviewcemetery.com, 404-622-5393.

South-View Cemetery was chartered April 21, 1886, by six businessmen all born enslaved, to provide a dignified burial ground for all. They continue to carry forward the ideals of the founders and welcome all ethnic and religious backgrounds to entrust their burial and memorialization needs.

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