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Annual ceremony pays tribute to local veterans
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Special tribute

See this week's print edition of the Dawson Community News for a preview of local Veterans Day plans.

Veterans of all ages and from each branch of the military will be honored Tuesday during Dawsonville's 10th annual Veterans Day celebration.

"Each of the periods of conflict will be honored, as well as the members of the military present who served in those conflicts," said Don Brown, president of the Veterans Affairs of Dawson County, which organizes the event.

Formal ceremonies, which include patriotic music and live performances, start at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium at Dawson County Middle School.

The program will feature the Dawson County Middle School chorus, the Swing Sisters, Erin Waller and Jordan Kyle of Pick-n-Grin, Steve Sweazey a Vietnam veteran from Florida, the Dawson County Junior ROTC, a bagpipe solo by Butch Teston and a patriotic song by Kevin Woody, music director at Dawson County Middle School.

A parade through downtown Dawsonville follows at 3:30 p.m.

"This year's parade will include vintage military vehicles, new and vintage vehicles honoring the veterans, a motorcycle contingent, marching military units from Dawson County High School and North Forsyth High School, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Korean War Veterans from Gainesville, scout troops and other local organizations," Brown said.

Designated as a 2014 Veterans Day Regional Site by the Veterans Day National Committee, Dawsonville is one of only two regional sites in Georgia to receive the recognition. The other is Atlanta.

The group, along with volunteers from Etowah Water and Sewer Authority and Chick-fil-A, will also provide lunch for the veterans and their spouses at 1 p.m. at the middle school.