Patriot’s Day ceremonies were held this morning at the Public Safety Memorial, located next to the historic Cherokee County Courthouse. The event is held each year to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Tim Cavender, Public Information Officer for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, served as the Master of Ceremonies. The first speaker for the morning was Harry Johnston, Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, who gave the morning’s official welcome.
After Chairman Johnston’s speech, Jeremy Morton, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock came forward to give the invocation, followed by the presentation of the flags by the Cherokee County Multi Agency Color Guard. Billy Peppers, City Manager of Canton, lead the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the playing of the national anthem by the Cherokee High School Band of Warriors. Peppers then lead everyone in a “moment of silence” as Scott King played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.
Cherokee County Sherriff, Frank Reynolds, came to the podium to introduce the guest speaker for the morning, Vic Reynolds, who is a the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Reynolds is the former District Attorney of Cobb County, where he was elected twice. He has also served as a police officer, as the former Chief Magistrate Judge of Cobb County, and he was a partner in the law firm of Berry and Reynolds. He has been published in both local and national print, and he is the author of Georgia Objections at Trial, which is currently in its second edition.
After Reynold’s speech, Sheriff Reynolds, and Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather placed a wreath at the public safety memorial. Judge Dee Morris gave the closing remarks, followed by a 21 gun salute and the playing of “taps.”