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Dawson County named regional veterans site
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Dawson County has once again been named one of only two regional Veterans Day sites in Georgia.

"We are very proud and very happy that we are, once again, selected for the regional site for the state of Georgia Veterans Affairs for Veterans Day," said Donald Brown, president of the Veterans Affairs Committee of Dawson County. "There is only two in the state, Dawsonville and Atlanta, so that makes us a little more proud of what we've accomplished."

The celebration is set for Nov. 11. The specific time to start the event has yet to be determined, but will begin with a luncheon for the veterans, a program to showcase all wars since World War I, music and a parade following.

For the parade, Brown is hoping for vintage military vehicles and to have several military marching units, which will include surrounding high school ROTC's, University of North Georgia and possibly the ranger camp in Dahlonega.

"We really want to encourage our veterans in Dawsonville and the surrounding area to come out for this program," Brown said.

"More than anything, I want the community to stand there and cheer on these men and women who have really put their lives on the line for this country.

"There will be [veterans] there from Vietnam, World War II, Iraq, Afghanistan, Desert Storm, so these people need to know that the community is proud of them, that the community is behind them and [that the community] feels grateful for what they have done," he said.

Veteran Affairs is a volunteer organization and relies on volunteers and the community for support. They offer help to veterans, not monetarily, Brown said, because they don't have the funds to do that, but to help direct veterans to get the support that they need.

For more information, veterans and potential volunteers can call (706) 265-7613.