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Seaborn Jones Memorial ParkThe Seaborn Jones Memorial Park in Rockmart, site of the 2015 Veterans Day observance, is on the list of places to see by tourists and other visitors to Polk County.

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 9:45 am

Veterans Day celebrations coming to Rockmart

Brown Wright Post 12 American Legion in Rockmart will present a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Memorial Park in Downtown Rockmart.

Guest speaker will be Colonel Tony L. Millican, a 1986 graduate of Rockmart High School. He received his degree from Georgia Tech.

Millican was in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. While serving in Afghanistan, he survived an explosion of an 80-pound suicide vehicle-borne improvised device at 50 yards away. Even wounded he led a recovery team to rescue over 600 U.S. personnel.

Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award - the highest award for leadership in the U.S. Air Force.

Millican, who is married and the father of two daughters, later served as Chief of Survivor Assistance helping surviving family members.

He is now stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

Post 12 Commander Vaden Underwood will open the Veterans Day program.

Advancement of American colors will include Post 12 Legion Riders. Unit 12 Auxiliary First Vice President Shelia Brinkley will place a wreath at the “Killed in Action” monument.

Underwood will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Following the invocation, Dale Brumbelow will sing the National Athem.

The benediction will be given by David Duncan followed by a Color Guard rifle salute and taps.

Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on November 11, honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans.

It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service.

 Post 12 Commander Vaden Underwood, Squadron 12 Commander Dean Jarman, Riders Director David Pinkard with representatives from Briggs Equipment and VA Hospital during donation of $2600 worth of supplies and $15000 cash to aid homeless veterans.


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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.

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