Thursday, March 28, 2013


On May 25, 2013, 10 A.M., the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park Committee has invited the American Legion Department of Georgia POW/MIA Honors Team to present their outstanding Ceremony designed to honor those who were Killed- In-Action, Missing- In-Action, or have died since serving.  This is an opportunity to experience a very special and meaningful program.  The Team will be escorted to the site by over 50 Legion Riders arriving on motor cycles.  The program appropriately honors the Flag, POWs, MIAs, as well as the families who suffered because of their sacrifices.      

Singing the National Anthem and several patriotic songs will be the renowned soloist who sang the National Anthem at this year’s American Legion National Convention.  The program has been expanded to include the tolling of the Park Bell in the Tower as the names of recently Killed-In-Action from Georgia are read and Post 143 Rifle Team will fire a salute.

Please don’t miss this special opportunity to see and participate in this remarkable program – bring your family and friends – plan to stay long enough to tour the park and locate the memorial plaques of your family members and friends who served our great Country.

We live in the land of the free because of the brave – Remember our Veterans and Troops!

Monday, March 11, 2013


On Sunday, March 10, 2013, Hugh Lee Young celebrated his 90th birthday!  He was honored with this celebration by his family for all his extended family and friends.  He is pictured above reading his cards with his son Dennis and daughter Donna along with a special helper great grandson. The event was held at the Trinka Davis Veterans Village, Community Living Center, 180 Martin Drive, Carrollton, Georgia, where he is currently living.
Young is a charter member of the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park Committee where he has served in several positions as well as a member of American Legion.  Young served in WW II and flew 27 missions in a B-24 bomber with the 376th Bomber Group, part of the 514th Squadron.  He flew in Africa, Italy, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Austria, and Albania (The average lifespan of a ball turret gunner is three missions.)  During his 27th mission, on December 28, 1943, his plane was shot down over Italy, he parachuted out of the plane and was captured by German soldiers and was sent to a POW camp, Stalag 17, in Austria, where he remained for 18 months.  He weighed 160 when he was captured and 115 pounds when he was liberated, three days after the war ended.