A veterans group is spending this Memorial Day weekend marching to raise awareness of suicide and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Around a dozen members of the group Active Heroes will take turns carrying heavy rucksacks along a 120-mile route. U.S. Army Capt. David Goodell of Richmond Hill is one of the organizers. He says participants will carry heavy rucksacks to symbolize the pain felt by veterans who’ve taken their own lives, and the families left behind.
To honor veterans who physically can’t make it up to Washington, D.C., some American Legion groups have brought a scale model of the Vietnam War Memorial to north Georgia for Memorial Day Weekend. American Legion groups spent $10,000 to exhibit the 380 foot long wall featuring the names of all those who died in the conflict.
The Department of Natural Resources said its officers arrested more people for boating under the influence on Georgia’s waterways this Memorial Day weekend than in 2012. According to Captain Mike England, head of DNR’s law enforcement division, there were 27 BUI arrests over the holiday weekend in 2012 and 42 arrests in 2013.
The Georgia National Cemetery is gearing up to honor all military members who have served the country or are currently deployed. The Memorial Day program is scheduled for Saturday at the cemetery in Canton — about 45 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.
Military officials say a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is now open to the public at Fort Gordon. The Augusta Chronicle reports that the traveling wall opened Thursday after a solemn ceremony. Col. Robert Barker, the garrison commander, invited people to visit the three-quarter-scale model of the national monument over Memorial Day weekend.