ABOUT THE MISSION:
The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to the combined Georgia Military Veterans Hall Of Fame Induction & Unveiling Ceremony for the Class of 2020 to be held on Saturday, 3 April beginning at 2 PM in the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater in Newtown Park, Johns Creek, Georgia (3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022).
This event is being co-sponsored and co-hosted by the City of Johns Creek, Johns Creek Veterans Association, and GMVHOF. Appropriate COVID precautions will be observed.
Because of COVID-19, both the planned Induction Ceremony & Banquet in Columbus in November 2020 and the Unveiling Ceremony in the State Capital this winter were delayed with no known reasonable future make-up dates insight. Many substitute venues were researched to no avail. However, due to the gracious and supportive leadership of the City of Johns Creek, the GMVHOF was granted permission for the use of the aforementioned location.
Research reveals that a hall of fame of this kind is a rarity among the other states and territories and as such, we as Georgians can be rightfully proud of its existence while humbled by the selfless sacrifices of those that have been chosen to be inducted into it. Since 2013 and with the addition of the 16 Inductees for 2020, a total of 131 Veterans will have had their framed citations and photos installed in the Floyd Veterans Building across the street from the Georgia Capital.
Also located in Newtown Park is the awe-inspiring half-sized replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. called, “The Wall That Heals”. In addition, there are ten impressive monuments dedicated to and honoring those that fought in past conflicts plus monuments dedicated to our POWs and Purple Heart recipients. All of these are well worth Your time either before or after the GMVHOF Ceremony.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, 3 April for this unforgettable and humbling event.
The names of the 2020 Inductees are provided below. It is an impressive list and just like the previous seven classes, the Class of 2020 is truly remarkable.
Name; Category (Valor, Achievement, Service); Military Branch; Rank; War(s) (if applicable); Georgia City
Allen, John Daniel; Valor; USAF; Captain; Vietnam; Midland
Bonnyman, Alexander, Jr.; Medal of Honor; USMC; First Lieutenant; WWII; Atlanta (Killed In Action)
Boylan, Peter James, Jr.; Valor; USA; Major General; Vietnam; Milledgeville
Dill, Earnest Wayne; Valor; USA; Colonel; Vietnam; Gainesville
Dooley, Vincent Joseph; Service; USMC; Captain; Athens
Greene, James Rylance; Valor; USAF; Master Sergeant; WWII, Korea; Suwanee (Posthumous)
Hadden, Mayo Addison, III; Valor; USA; Colonel; Vietnam; Columbus
Hightower, Edward Holman; Valor; USA; Captain; Vietnam; Kennesaw
Kelly, Charles Livingston; Valor; USA; Major; WWII, Vietnam; Warm Springs (Killed In Action)
Kimbrough, Robert Shane; Achievement; USA; Colonel; Desert Storm; Marietta
LeMoyne, Irve Charles; Achievement; USN; Rear Admiral (Upper Half); Vietnam; Atlanta (Posthumous)
McLaughlin, John Nicholas; Valor; USMC; Major General; WWII, Korea; Vietnam; Savannah (Posthumous)
Pennington, Robert Edward; Valor; USA; Chief Warrant Officer 4; Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq; Acworth
Phillips, John William; Service; USA; Lieutenant Colonel; Desert Storm; Canton
Roby, Michael Earl; Service; USA; Sergeant Major; McDonough
Story, James Llewellyn, Jr.; Valor; USA; Captain; Vietnam; Thomasville
Stage in the PNC Bank parking lot. After a short briefing, we will make the short ride to Newtown Park where we establish a flag line for the arrival of guests and the ceremony. KSU scheduled for 12:30 pm.
Coronavirus precaution disclosure:
Please bring a mask and wash hands often, be prepared to follow the guidelines from state and local officials as well as facility or cemetery guidelines to be outlined at the mission briefing.
A general record of attendees will be held by the ride captain for a period not to exceed 2 weeks in the case of the need for contact tracing. If you test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of attending a mission please contact Ride Captain with that information, your name will NOT be disclosed.
Those who are sick, have a household member or other close contact who is sick should not attend and those who have a higher risk of severe illness should weigh the benefits of in-person attendance against the risk of exposure to a person with COVID-19, especially if recommendations for wearing masks and social distancing may be difficult to follow for themselves or others.