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Two members of the historic and pioneering Tuskegee Airmen will pay tribute to veterans in Atlanta this holiday season at two distinct events.

On Friday, participants at Fulton County’s Auburn Senior Center will host a special program for veterans that will feature retired Tuskegee Airman Lt. Colonel LeVaugh Jenkins as the speaker.

United States Army retirees John Hyshaw and Theodore Rollins as well as United States Army veteran Olin Adams will be honored during the ceremony. The Martin Luther King High School ROTC Color Guard will present the colors and participate in the presentation to the honorees. The program is open to the public, but citizens who are not members of the Auburn Senior Center are urged to call the center to reserve a space.

On Dec. 14 the community, families, and friends will gather to pay tribute to veterans laid to rest at historic South-View Cemetery for its annual Wreaths Across America holiday wreath laying ceremony.

“Come with a Mission to Remember, Honor, & Teach. Leave with the Memories of Sacrifice, Courage, and Strength.,” is the theme for the celebration.

The Historic South-View Preservation Foundation, Inc. will conduct the annual WAA ceremony at South-View Cemetery starting at noon. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIAs to remember the fallen, honor those who serve including their families who sacrifice, and teach children the cost of the freedoms enjoyed each day.

The ceremony will be coordinated simultaneously at over 750 participating locations all across the Country. The guest speaker at South-View will be Val Archer, one of the Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA).

Additional participants 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 Gregory V. Eason, Sr., of St. Paul AME Church.

The public is invited to join as they celebrate this occasion and remember, honor and teach the meaning of freedom.

Parties who would like to sponsor a wreath or would like more information about events planned at South-View Cemetery should call 404-622-5393 or email, info@southviewcemetery.com.

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