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MARIETTA, GA - MAY 26: U.S. flags decorate veterans' graves on May 26, 2012, for
Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in Marietta, Ga. More than 17,500 war veterans
are buried at the cemetery. PHOTO BY ROB HAINER / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

North Georgia Vets present Memorial Day commemoration

The North Georgia Veterans will present a Memorial Day commemorative program beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Terraces Amphitheater. Guest speaker Colonel Patrick J. Bodelson US Army (Ret) will share his thoughts on "The Meaning of Memorial Day."

The program will include the North Georgia Veterans Chorus, flag ceremony assisted by the Cub Scouts, and will conclude with the playing of “Taps.”

Col. Bodelson served in Vietnam in 1968 where he was the G-3 Plans Officer for II Corps and a Vietnamese Armored Cavalry Troop Advisor. He returned from Vietnam and attended Infantry Officer Advanced Course 70-02 where he graduated with honors. He then completed Rotary Wing Aviator Qualification Course 71-02 at Fort Rucker, Alabama and graduated as the Distinguished Graduate.

After a transition into the AH-1G (Cobra), he returned to Vietnam where he served as the Aeroweapons Platoon Leader and then Commander of D Troop (Air), 1/10 Cavalry. He finished his second tour as the S-3 for the 7/17 Air Cavalry Squadron.

In 1972 Bodelson received an inter-theater transfer to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) in Fulda, Germany. During the next three years, he served as the Headquarters Aviation Section Leader and Regimental Aviation Officer; Commander of D Troop (Tank), 1/11th Armored Cavalry Squadron and Air Troop Executive Officer.

His assignments for the next few years included: an honor graduate at the Command and General Staff College in 1975; advanced tactics instructor at the Armor School where he was selected as the instructor of the year three times; aviation assignment officer for combat arms officer at the Military Personnel Center and special investigator and Inspector for the Department of the Army Inspector General Office.

He has been married for 51 years to the former Lynda Hart from Wales, ND. The Bodelsons now reside in Big Canoe, GA., where Pat serves as the vice president of the North Georgia Veterans.

For North Georgia Veterans attending, the dress for the event is casual, unless you are part of the program, in which case you should wear your NGV uniform. All NGV members are encouraged to wear name badges and any NGV monogrammed apparel, like a shirt or hat. Please plan to arrive no later than 10:30am, so the program may begin on time at 11 a.m.

The Terraces amphitheater is located on Steve Tate Highway, adjacent to Big Canoe.

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