Decatur will hold Veterans Day Ceremony

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 11, 2014
The Decatur High JROTC marched in the Nov. 8, Georgia Veterans Day parade

The Decatur High JROTC marched in the Nov. 8, Georgia Veterans Day parade. Photo submitted by Steven Suna

The City of Decatur is teaming up with the American Legion Harold Byrd Post No. 66 in Avondale Estates to present a Veterans Day ceremony today, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

It will be held at the Decatur Cemetery, located on Bell Street in Decatur, Ga.

“This November marks the sixth year that the Friends of Decatur Cemetery (FODC) and American Legion Harold Byrd Post No. 66 have joined in a project to honor those buried in Decatur Cemetery who served their country in the armed forces,” the announcement from the city says. “The 58-acre cemetery contains graves of veterans from every conflict from the American Revolution through the recent military engagements in the Middle East and Afghanistan.”

Volunteers have placed flags on the nearly 1,000 graves located in the cemetery.

Also noteworthy, the Decatur Tax Blog has published a list of exemptions the city grants veterans of the U.S. military.

Among them:

– A partial exemption from property taxes for veterans with disabilities. According to the city, “If applicants for the disabled veteran exemption provide us with a letter indicating 100 percent disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs and file an application card with our office, the exemption can save you up to $3,000 a year on your Decatur property tax bill.” This is also available for surviving spouses who haven’t remarried.

Waiving business license fees.¬†The city says, “Veterans discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. military who have at least a 10 percent disability from wartime or a 25 percent service-connected disability from peacetime whose income is exempt from state taxation are also eligible for exemption from occupation taxes. In other words, you do not have to pay for a business license in Decatur if you meet those criteria.”

Steven Suna sent some additional photos of the Decatur High JROTC marching in Saturday’s Veterans Day parade. Thank you to all of our military veterans for all of your sacrifices on behalf of our country.

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