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 Revolutionary War soldier remembered at Polk ceremony                                    

Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 3:00 pm | Updated: 3:27 pm, Wed Jul 15, 2015.

A ceremony was held at Hubbard-Brooks Cemetery recently to honor Micajah Brooks, the only known Revolutionary War Veteran buried in Polk County.

The event was a cooperative effort of the Polk County Cemetery Preservation Committee, local volunteers and descendants of Brooks. They not only wanted to honor this soldier but other men that served and died before Polk County was created – Henry Peek, Jesse Rowell, Hugh Brewster, John Hilburn and Asa Crabb.

Additionally, the program was held to remember that 2015 marks the 239th anniversary of the United States of America signing the Declaration of Independence.

The event was opened with prayer followed by showing of colors and placing a wreath at the gravesite.

Greg Gray, president of Polk’s Cemetery Preservation Committee, was among those present. During the program, Jonathan Blackmon, Bobby Brooks and others gave comments.

Descendants of Micajah Brooks were recognized along with the Boy Scouts of America, American Legion, Daughters of the American Revolution and other organizations.

Following prayer, members of the Rockmart American Legion closed the program with a 21-gun salute.

Family and other written records, compiled by descendants and historians, reveal that Brooks was a soldier of the Revolution. He was born in Chatham County, N.C. on December 25, 1761.

Historical documents show he enlisted in Edgefield District, South Carolina, in March 1780 or 81 and served 3 months as a private under Capt. Bartley Martin, Col. Leroy Hammond in the South Carolina Troops. Brooks later served in the Georgia Troops under Captains John Hill, Joseph Mimms, John Wilson, Stephen Bishop, Samuel Beckam, David Miller and Col. Elijah Clark. He was also in an expedition to the Cherokee Nation and was at the surrender of Augusta, Ga.

For his services he was granted land in Henry County, Ga., in the Land Lottery of 1827. Records reveal his pension claim – W. 27649 – was executed Aug. 19, 1850.

Brooks, son of John Brooks, Jr. and Jane (May) Brooks, died on June 15, 1862 at the age of 101.

Memorial Day Service



A brisk May breeze whipped the flags above the Veterans Memorial near Seaborn Jones Park in Rockmart as a crowd gathered for the annual Memorial Day observance, hosted by American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12.

The program was opened when Auxiliary President Sheila Brinkley placed a wreath at the “Killed in Action” monument. Following a moment of silence, Dean Jarman and Joe Wallace led the advancement of colors and stood for the Pledge of Allegiance led by Post 12 Commander Vaden Underwood.

Keynote speaker was Bill Dempsey, a member of Post 47 in Calhoun. He spent 36 years in the National Guard and is a past Commander of the American Legion in Northwest Georgia.

His remarks retold the story of American’s fallen heroes and the legacy of these men and women.

“There are white crosses and unmarked or unknown graves throughout the world where brave Americans gave all they had to give for the freedoms we enjoy today,” he said.

Dempsey drew attention to the fact that they were real people with real families that will remember a life cut too short long after the battle is over.

He emphasized that no amount of thanks or sorrow can ever repay the loss, grief and knowledge of families who know their loved one will never return home.

Rev. Allen Carmichael reminded, during the prayer of benediction, that Memorial Day is not set aside for parties and celebrations on the beach, but to remember “sacrifices and hope that the lifeblood of these men and women was not spilt in vain . . . and that we continue to pray for peace as we remember those still serving both at home and abroad.”

The haunting melody of Taps - played by Maurice Sherman – gave a reminder of the truth in these words.

“Why do you look sad? a child asked as family members assisted an elderly man into a car parked near the site. He did not answer but a relative replied, “Pops is remembering another time and place . . .” 

Empty Stocking Fund 2014


Legion Post 12 distributes toys, fruit baskets during annual ESF program

Toy Drive 2014

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Toy Drive 2014

Volunteers with some of the toys collected during drive

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:00 pm

Legion Post 12 distributes toys, fruit baskets during annual ESF program


American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 in Rockmart recently distributed toys and fruit baskets to conclude its annual Empty Stocking Fund (ESF) program.

According to Post 12 Commander Vaden Underwood and Post 12 Auxiliary President Shelia Brinkley, this year’s effort provided aid to 67 families by making sure that 140 children, aged 2 to 10, would receive toys for Christmas.

They expressed thanks to volunteers for their efforts and dedication in making this 70th year Empty Stocking Fund a success once again.

Additionally, they announced those who supported the drive with donations, including:

Meggitt PLC, Wal-Mart, Triangle Foods, Rockmart Lions Club, RaceWay, Eby-Brown, Polk County Cattleman Association, First Baptist Adult Sunday School Class, Slate City Shrine Club, El Nopal, George Lucas Family, and The American Legion Family. Rockmart Library, Van Wert and Eastside Elementary Schools assisted with distribution of applications.

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You may reach us at:

Phone: (770) 684-2582

Mail: PO Box 229 Rockmart Ga. 30153
Adjutant: Dean Jarman (770) 382-8607

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April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
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December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
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June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
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February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
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December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
(Operation Just Cause - Panama)
*August 2, 1990 to today
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