Thursday, March 16, 2017

ETERNAL FLAME AT THE CARROLL COUNTY COURTHOUSE RELIT



The Carroll County Board of Commissioners sponsored the Relighting of the Eternal Flame at the Carroll County Courthouse with Commission Chairman Marty Smith speaking.  Minister Alan Howard gave the invocation and Vietnam Veteran Dale Robinson led the Pledge of Allegiance and Kaleb Chambers of the Sons of the American Legion with Jesus Hernandes, Carroll County employee, lighting the flame.  The colors were presented by the American Legion Post 143.  Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park President Don Levans introduced uniformed veterans who represented the 330 from Carroll County who were Killed in Action in wars.  These 330 KIAs are listed on the Wall of Honor at the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park.  Those participating included Levans, Robinson, George Wheeless, Darrell Smith, Bill Maddox, Frank Scott and Ronald Knowles.  Alice Robinson, Regent of the Abraham Baldwin Chapter was there representing the Daughters of the American Revolution.


The Flame was turned off during the construction of the new courthouse.

 
Chairman Marty Smich

 
CCVMP Pres. Don Levans






Monday, March 6, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM AT THE PARK - MAY 27TH, 2017


On Saturday, May 27, 2017, beginning at 10:30 A.M. at the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park.  The Guest speaker will be David Shuey (History Teller Productions, Newville, PA) appearing as General Pershing and he will deliver a speech about the U.S. entrance into the Great War on April 6, 1917.
22 young soldiers from Carroll County that died in service during the war will be remembered with the tolling of the Park Bell, Rifles will be fired, Taps played, a wreath will be laid, and the Carroll County Symphony Wind Ensemble will play period songs with vocals by the Camerata A-Cappella Ensemble beginning at 10:30 A. M. with the program at 11:00 A.M. 
4,272,500 US Service Members deployed to France
117,000 US Service Members KILLED
204,000 US Service Members WOUNDED
22 Carroll County Service Members KILLED

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

IT IS TIME TO PAY CCVMP 2017 DUES



We appreciate our Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park Members and want to remind everyone that it is time to pay 2017 annual dues.  The Dues are $10 for each Individual Member and $25 for an Organization.  
Make check payable to the CCVMP and mail it dues to:

Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park,
 P. O.  Box 1062
 Carrollton, Ga 30112.  

Please make sure to include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. 

If you would like to include a donation to honor a loved one or give in remembrance of someone, please know this is a non-profit group and your contributions are tax deductible under IRS Code section 501 (c) 3.  Thank you!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

FRENCH STUDENT VISITS THE CARROLL COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK



Pictured from the left are Claudia Carter, and her father Bill Carter, Axelle Onfray, Christian Montcriol and Don Levans.

Recently Axelle Onfray, a 16-year-old French student, won a competition in her school system that earned her a three-week trip to Georgia to study about WW 1 families who had family members serve in France during the Great War.  This is the 100 Anniversary of the United States entering into WW1 and the Georgia WW 1 Centennial Commission suggested that they bring Azelle Onfray to Carroll County to see what we are doing to commutate the Centennial.  World War 1, the Great War, took place from 1914 through 1918. 

Christian Montcriol, a Frenchman living in Carrollton has been researching information about WW 1 Veterans who lived in Carroll County.  He has compiled a database of around 1,400 WW 1 Veterans who lived in Carroll County.
 
During Onfray’s visit, Claudia Carter and her father Bill Carter, acting has her host, joined Montcriot, and Park President Don Levans for a tour of the CCVMP.  Levans said, “This was a rare and very eventful gathering, having a person of only 16, so interested in this huge historical event in the presence of Christian Montcriol who has devoted so much time and effort to researching our local WW 1 Veterans.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

WORLD WAR 1, THE GREAT WAR, CENTENNIAL

 World War One Facts

Began - 28, July 1914

US Entered the War – 6, April 1917

US Men and Women Deployed – 4,272,500

Ended – 11, November, 1918

American Legion Formed in Paris 17 March 1919

Combatants Killed - 9,000,000

US Killed - 117,000

US Wounded – 204,000

Civilians Killed - 7,000,000

Total Casualties  - 16,000,000

Served From Carroll County 1,500

Carroll County Soldiers Killed: ----  22

BARRON, CHARLEY MOSLEY
BILLINGS, GEORGE
CARTER, HERMAN E
EIDSON, ALBERT MILTON
FOSTER, ROBERT ELVIS
HOLLAND, JAMES CASPER
JONES, BEN H
MARTIN, JAMES F
McCLAIN, BENJAMIN I
McELROY, RONNIE S
MILLER, DAMON
MOORE, JOSEPH GLEN
OWENS, JUSTICE
PASCAL, GEORGE ALBERT
PAYNE, CHARLIE W
RAYBUN, CHARLIE DOUGLAS
ROBINSON, JAMES A
ROOKS, SAMUEL I
SHORMAKE, JETHRO
SMITH, IRA
WALLACE, JAMES SAMUEL
YARGER, HENRY LEONARD










Sunday, February 19, 2017

WW 1 LOVE STORY BY DON LEVANS

A WW I Love Story
By Donald Levans
My father’s sister, (my aunt Elsie) was 18 when the US entered WWI She was a bright and pretty young lady, had graduated from Carrollton High School and was very well employed at the bank in Carrollton.


Elsie and Loyd Wester (a young man from the same community and church at Center Point in Carroll County) were close friends when he was drafted into the Army.  Over time, as letters flowed to and fro, they became closer. Many of those letters have remained in our family files.  They began during basic training (at Georgia Tech in Atlanta – Then to Quartermaster Training Camp at Jacksonville, FL.) - The letters that we have stopped there with the last one explaining that his outfit was moving to New Jersey for shipment to France.

Aunt Elsie died of pneumonia in March of 1920 and all that we knew over the years was that they had been planning to marry when the war ended and that she had these letters in her “Elsie Box.”  
When the Genealogical Society began working with Christian Montcriol’s WWI Research Project I discovered Loyd’s discharge papers:

This form reveals that he left the US for France Sept 23, 1918 and returned on July 26, 1919.  This surely brought new light to my wonderful Aunt’s “love story”.  She only lived 7 months following his return. This story is the reverse of many thousands that occurred during the war years - Almost always the soldier in the couple returned in a coffin - This was the other way around.

Loyd went on with life, used the mechanic training that he had received in Jacksonville to have a successful auto repair business - married a wonderful lady – raised a super family (all of which are dear friends of our entire family).  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO AT THE CCVMP


Sometimes those of us in the CCVMP Association stay so involved with preparing the Park to receive plaques, selling and installing plaques, that we overlook the deep and meaningful family connections that our labors support and actually make possible. 

Wendell Furr (a Vietnam veteran) received a plaque as a Christmas gift in 2015 from his daughter (Stacy Furr and step son Jody Allgood).  While visiting from Las Vegas in 2016, Jody was given a tour of the Park along with Wendell's grandsons Turner and Ross Martin.  This happens hundreds of times each year when families gather.  In years to come Turner and Ross will bring their grandchildren here to this spot where they can learn that Freedom is Not Free - and that their Great Grandfather was one that paid for it!

I hope that this little reminder of the end results of all your efforts add meaning to your celebration of Christmas!!!   Don


Note from Editor:  I want to take it a step further and add that if you honor your Revolutionary Patriot with a plaque, you can take the history lesson and family legacy back more than two hundred years.