During the City Council meeting on November 9, 2022, the Councilwoman Cheryl Richardson, a veteran, presented the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation a donation check of $50,000 on behalf of the City for the construction of the Cobb Veterans Memorial. Earlier this year, the city-owned utility, Marietta Power and Water, gave a donation of $50,000 as well.
Please thank a veteran today for their service to our nation!
Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation (CVMF) in partnership with the Cobb County Commission held the official Groundbreaking for the Cobb Veterans Memorial on Thursday, July 7, 2022.
“We were so excited to have hundreds of people in attendance including a former Governor, State Representatives and Senators, a former U.S. Congressman, leaders of a multitude of Veterans Organizations from Cobb and North Metro, and hundreds of citizens and service members who support our Mission. This was beyond a momentous occasion.” said Donna Rowe, President of Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation.
The Cobb Veterans Memorial Park is a permanent tribute to all Veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces and their families. The Cobb community has enthusiastically embraced this Mission. The Cobb Veterans Memorial Park site is located at 502 Fairground Street, Marietta, Georgia and will feature Honor Walls recognizing honorable veterans, Service Walls denoting each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, a tranquil reflecting pool with a green space having seating for over 2,000, and the centerpiece a 142 foot Star Tower that will rise above the park.
The Mission of the Memorial has three components: 1) to Build & Honor 2) Educate our children and our youth on the value and meaning of Service to our community and our Nation and 3) to be the “Hub of Service” for our veterans and their families as the vehicle to get the veterans in touch with Cobb organizations that are available to help and serve our veterans and their families.
We thank everyone who has been so dedicated and supportive of this project and to all who attended the historic groundbreaking event that will live in infamy in the memories of all of us. Thank you!
Thanks to Patricia Hein and Margie Medlin, CVMF Events Committee, and Commissioner JoAnn Birrell and the Cobb County Photographer for sharing the following photos of the Groundbreaking Ceremony.
Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation wants to thank Dry County Brewing Company for hosting a fabulous fundraising event yesterday and contributing 22% of all the craft beer sales for the day to benefit the Cobb Veterans Memorial. Everyone had a great time seeing the classic cars and enjoying mouth-watering craft beer along with BBQ from The Mustard Seed, live music by The Tunnel Rats and fun for the whole family.
by Missina Schallus
Communications Manager, VA’s Center for Women Veterans
Women Veterans Day, commemorated annually on June 12, is a day marked to honor women who have served and who currently serve in the United States military. It is not a separate day for women Veterans, it is a tribute to a groundbreaking day when women were acknowledged as essential to the war efforts and could serve in the regular armed forces.
Also known as Women Veterans Appreciation Day or Women Veterans Recognition Day, the date is the anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act on June 12, 1948. The law officially allowed women to serve in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Before then, only women nurses could serve in the regular and reserve forces during peacetime.
Women have served in America’s wars and conflicts throughout our history and performed many jobs, playing vital roles in the Revolution, serving as soldiers, raising morale, and spying on the enemy. More than 400 women fought in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
During World War I, about 35,000 women officially served as nurses and support staff, such as the “Hello Girls,” formally known as the Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit.
In World War II, 140,000 women served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), performing critical jobs, such as military intelligence, cryptography and parachute rigging. In August 1943, the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), which freed male pilots for combat roles, and Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) merged into a single unit for all women pilots, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who flew more than 60,000 miles in two years. During this time, the 6888th Battalion was formed as the only all-Black WAC unit to be deployed overseas during WWII. Their nickname was “Six-Triple Eight” and their motto was “No Mail, Low Morale.”
Today there are still many women Veteran history lessons to be taught. The first Women Veterans Day was celebrated on June 12, 2018, and it is currently a state-recognized commemoration in California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
(Left to Right): CVMF Event Coordinator Patricia Hein, CVMF President Donna Rowe, Ron Goodbub, State Rep. Sharon Cooper, State Rep. Devan Seabaugh and son Zack Seabaugh, CVMF Event Coordinator Margie Medlin, CVMF Co-Chair Curtis Williams, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, CVMF Legal Counsel Mark Johnson, CVMF Planning Committee Chair and Board Member Carl “Skip” Bell
Despite forecasts of rain, this past Sunday tuned out to be a fabulous day for Freedom Riders in the 1st Annual Freedom Ride organized by the Cherokee County chapter of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club and the Patriot Guard Riders. Attendees included CVMF leadership Donna Rowe, Patricia Hein, Margie Medlin, Mark Johnson, Carl “Skip” Bell and elected officials including Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, State Representatives Sharon Cooper and Devan Seabaugh. We are grateful for the beautiful weather and all of the people who turned out in support of the Freedom Ride and Cobb Veterans Memorial.
Above Photo Left to Right: CVMF President Donna Rowe with Event Committee members Sandy Thompsons and Linda Dudley.
CVMF participated in We CARE Veterans Resource Fair, a huge Veteran’s expo fair, at Cobb Civic Center that lasted 2 days. Everyone enjoyed a fantastic day at the Cobb Civic Center communing, promoting the Cobb Veterans Memorial Park, and being of service to local veterans.
Photo Left to Right: CVMF Co-Chairs Curtis Williams and Bob Morgan, CVMF Event Committee Dee Gay and Margie Medlin, and Commissioner JoAnn Birrell.
The Cherokee County chapter of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club announced partnering with the Patriot Guard Riders for the 1st Annual Freedom Ride event.
The event will start at the Canton American Legion at 9:00 a.m. with a kickstand up to ride at 11:00 a.m. and will terminate at the American Legion Post 29 in Marietta.
The Freedom Ride will be making an “honor pass” through the Georgia National Cemetery, and posting flag bearers at marked grave sites as part of the fundraiser. The Patriot Guard Riders of GA have accepted the event as an official mission and will be creating a flag line at the entrance of the cemetery, providing flag bearers at each grave site sponsored by event riders. The flag posted at each grave will be presented to the Veteran’s family and/or sponsor at the American Legion in Marietta.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Cobb Veteran Memorial Foundation.
Join us for a day of camaraderie as we honor those who serve.
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(Left to Right) Patricia Hein, CVMF Event Coordinator; Cobb County District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell; Margie Medlin, CVMF Event Coordinator; Donna Rowe, CVMF President
Cobb County District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell and several members from the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation (Patricia Hein, Event Coordinator; Margie Medlin, Event Coordinator; and Donna Rowe, President) attended the North Cobb Business Association meeting today at Piedmont Church in Marietta. It was a great event and opportunity to spread awareness about the memorial