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Milton honors its veterans


New park dedicated to fallen



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The city of Milton opened its new veterans park Nov. 11 with a ceremony honoring its veterans. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
November 12, 2013
MILTON, Ga. – This year, Veterans Day came to Milton in a big way.

Each year, the city and Councilmember Bill Lusk line Deerfield Parkway with crosses to honor local soldiers who have died.

Lusk, a Vietnam veteran, and a group of local volunteers place more than 330 "Fallen Veteran" markers on Deerfield Parkway and in Crabapple. These markers are placed every Memorial Day and Veterans Day by the volunteers at no cost to taxpayers the week before the holiday, and stay up a week after. Lusk makes them all by hand and at his own expense.

This year, in addition to the markers, Milton chose Veterans Day to open its new park, named "Freedom Park" in honor of the city's soldiers.

On Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m., the city held a service both opening the park and remembering those who have given their lives for their country.

"Opening Freedom Park on Veterans Day is an appropriate tribute to our veterans, for it has been the veterans who have ensured our freedom for the last 234 years," said Lusk.

The park will act as an exercise center for the runners, cyclists and walkers on Deerfield Parkway and host the city's patriotic events. It features a .15-mile trail and equipment for sit ups and body curls, a cardio walker and rowing and elliptical machines.

Nine flags will fly over the park – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, POW/MIA, the state of Georgia, the United States and the city of Milton.

Veterans Day is a commemoration of the armistice of World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, of 1918. It has since turned into a day to remember veterans of all wars.

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