Today is National POW/MIA day and Chattooga County will be honoring the only surviving county resident who was a prisoner of war during World War II, Staff Sgt. Leo Lanier. 

Members of the Georgia National Guard’s 108th Cavalry in Calhoun will be at the courthouse at 9:30 am to display a US Army Humvee with a mounted 50 caliber gun. Command Sergeant Major Ballinger and Major Carroll, along with the crew will be on site throughout the morning to answer questions from the public.

The Chattooga High School Band will perform at the courthouse from 11:30 until the parade begins at 12 noon. The Trion High School band will provide patriotic music while leading the parade of marchers and vehicles.

Friends, veterans, businesses, and groups are all encouraged to participate in the parade to show appreciation for Sgt. Lanier’s service. Those planning to walk/march in the parade are asked to meet at 11:30 am at the intersection of First Street and Commerce Street. Parking will be available behind the Brothers Insurance Group building and nearby Willow Springs Park. Those driving vehicles are asked to meet at 11:30 am at 10900 Commerce Street in the north parking lot next to Fit Pit and Purple Tiger. West Washington Street will be blocked from Cox Street to the red light beside the courthouse to provide more space for the public to social distance while viewing the parade.

Local law enforcement is reminding motorist about the parade and to try to avoid downtown if possible during the parade times.

Please follow CDC guidelines of wearing masks and observing social distancing.