Happy Veterans Day from Duffey Realty!

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November 11 is a significant anniversary in America’s history, and each year on this date we remember those who have served in our nation’s military.

While Memorial Day honors those who died in military service, Veterans Day celebrates the service of all military veterans. The date, Nov. 11, marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, known at the time as “The Great War.”

World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting between the Allied nations and Germany had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of the war. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day in 1919. In 1954, after thousands of U.S. soldiers had fought in World War II and Korea, the name of the day was changed to Veterans Day to honor all soldiers past and present.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, the original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. Today, many communities continue the Veterans Day tradition, honoring America’s veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for our nation.

Several parks in West Georgia honor the service of those who have served in the U.S. military throughout our country’s history.

The Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park, located at 1050 Newnan Road, is dedicated to those who have served. Organizers say the Veterans Memorial Park is “a visible symbol of our appreciation,” a tribute to the many sons and daughters who have served and/or died for this great nation.”

The park includes 25 Walls of Honor containing 1,152 individual plaques showing name, rank, and service record. The memorial also includes Killed in Action walls that list the names of Carroll County’s fallen soldiers beginning with the American Revolution. According to the organization, Carroll County lost more soldiers during the Civil War than in all wars since.

More information about the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park is available at the organization’s website, and updates on progress at the park are posted at their blog.

In Tallapoosa, Veteran’s Memorial and Medal of Honor Park, located at the triangle of Georgia Highway 100 and Robertson Avenue, offers a serene spot for reflection. This small park is dedicated to the military service of those from Haralson County and nearby communities. Markers engraved with the names of soldiers past and present line the footpaths that weave throughout the green space. The park includes the Medal of Honor Fountain, the League-Lowe Memorial, and the Wall of Tears, a moving tribute to women who served in the armed forces. A new addition is the memorial to those who died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The 9/11 memorial includes a replica of the Twin Towers and a mangled piece of iron from site of the attack. Click here to see a brochure of the Veterans Park Driving Tour. Also in Tallapoosa, visitors can visit Helton-Howland Park and see several military vehicles, including a helicopter and a tank.

On Nov. 11, Douglas County residents will hold its annual “Parade with a Purpose,” which according to organizers is the only known nighttime lighted parade that honors the patriotism of veterans, active military, those in the reserves, and the U.S. flag. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. at Douglas County High School and will make its way through downtown Douglasville before ending back at the high school.

The parade “presents an opportunity for Douglas County residents to say ‘thank you’ to those who obtained and preserved our freedoms.” Veterans are invited to participate by entering a person vehicle in the parade or riding on a trolley provided by parade organizers.

The flag will be honored during the parade, as it will be at parks, government buildings, and homes across the area on Veterans Day. This guide from USA.gov is based on the Federal Flag Code and can help you show respect for the flag as you celebrate Veterans Day:

When: You can display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit. Don’t fly the flag during inclement weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.

On the porch: The union of the flag—the blue section with white stars—should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended from a rope on a pole extending from a house, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

On the wall or the window: When the flag is displayed on a flat surface like a wall, the union should be at the top left.

On the street: The flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, so make sure it is hoisted at the proper height.

At the office: Suspend the flag vertically with the union to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north when entrances are to the east and west, or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.

On a vehicle: The staff should be fixed firmly on the right side of the vehicle. Do not drape the flag over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or a boat.

Half-staff: During periods of mourning, it is common to see the flag flying at half-staff. Only presidents can proclaim such periods for a national remembrance. Governors can also declare mourning periods at a local level. In some cases, heads of federal agencies can order the flag flown at half-staff on grounds under their supervision. Traditionally, states and local governments follow the president’s proclamation during a period of national mourning.

When you take down a flag, be sure to clean it according to manufacturer’s instructions. Store your flag in a well-ventilated area. If it gets wet, make sure it’s completely dry before storing it. If the flag is damaged or worn out, it should be burned and disposed of with dignity. 

Duffey Realty is proud to honor all veterans this Veterans Day, including our founder, James Duffey, who served his country in the U.S. Navy. Thank you for your service, Mr. Duffey, and to all veterans, we also say, Thank you!