WWII model plane collection on display in Ball Ground Library for Memorial Day
Ball Ground resident Randall Ingram points to a model of a PBY Catalina, a propeler-driven seaplane flown during WWII. Ingram has the Catalina and nearly two-dozen other model planes he built on display at the Ball Ground Library "to let the younger generation see what the older generations of Veterans experienced," he said. "I think we are the land of the free because of the brave." Ingram's display will be up through Independence Day until July 11. Ball Ground Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday from noon until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. They are closed on Saturday. Memorial Day cermonies will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26.
The thought of being held as a Prisoner of War is unfathomable to most people.
But retired Lt. Col. Ron Mastin – guest speaker at this year’s Memorial Day ceremonies - lived it from the time his RF-4C was shot down north of Hanoi, Vietnam in 1967 until March of 1973.
Mastin eventually made it back home and over the course of his life has served in the Alabama National Guard and the USAF, and also worked for Eastern Airlines and Fed-Ex. Unfortunately, all those who serve don’t make it home.
To honor the fallen men and women of the armed forces the veterans groups of Pickens County - including American Legion Post 149, the Disabled American Veterans and Marine Corps League Detachment 1280 - invite you to the May 26 Memorial Day Program at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper.
Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with Marine Corps League Commandant Jacob Clark to serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Rev. Robert Sell of Living Word Church will deliver the prayer, with Metro-Atlanta Young Marines presenting colors and Linda Stephens performing the National Anthem.
Veterans groups will perform the presentation of wreaths, with the DAV Honor Guard to perform the 21-gun salute before the final playing of Taps by Pat Gallagher.
Sunrise Memorial Gardens is located at 364 E Church St, Jasper, GA 30143