Many Veterans have made Powder Springs their home, some from birth and others choosing to move and live here. Each year Powder Springs honors these Veterans on Memorial Day in May and Veterans Day in November.
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. Veteran’s Day is observed on November 11.
Memorial Day is to honor the memory of all men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and freedom. Veteran’s Day is to honor all Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who have served our country defending the freedoms America holds so dear in the hearts of its citizens.
In 2004, the Powder Springs Veteran’s Memorial Gardens were dedicated to those who have served and are serving in all the Military Services. The Memorial is located at 4181 Atlanta Street as part of the Ford Center Campus and is located in front of the Powder Springs library. The American Legion Post #294 constructed the Memorial in partnership with the City of Powder Springs.
To finance the Memorial, bricks were sold to anyone who wanted to honor a loved one who had served or was serving in the Military. The brick would contain their name, branch of service and dates served. These bricks would then be used to build the “Wall of Honor”. The American Flag and flags of all the branches of Military Services are flown on the top of this wall of bricks.
The annual Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Ceremonies are held at the Memorial. The events are put on by American Legion Post #294 of Powder Springs in conjunction with the City of Powder Springs. The programs feature the Presentation of Colors by the Post 294 Color Guard, patriotic music and comments appropriate to the occasion by Post 294 Commander and Powder Springs Mayor. Guest speakers are Veterans or a Post 294 member.
The Seven Springs Museum has several Military exhibits on display. A few of these from the Civil War are various books, photos, periodicals and maps relating to the Civil War. A listing of Company D 7th Georgia Infantry (Regiment) from Cobb County, Georgia of Confederate Volunteers departing from Powder Springs Camp Ground (Macland) on May 31, 1861. Display cases of artifacts found in Powder Springs and a Civil War Map with the present day roads imposed over the map of 1864, marking where these artifacts were found.
A Roll of Honor listing the mem from Powder Springs who enlisted in World War II. Three uniforms from World War II, two with dog tags Identifying the soldier. Army, Marine and Army Medical Corp Uniforms. The Research Library has additional information related to the Civil War, Revolutionary and World Wars.
There are many Veterans buried in the cemeteries in Powder Springs. They represent the various wars and conflicts that they served during. There are many more who served during peace time. Some served as career Military personnel. All represented their country and freedom. The earliest war Veteran’s buried here are four that served in the War of 1812. Bullard Cemetery, Robert Sidney Bullard, Jr. (1784-1845). Powder Springs Methodist Cemetery, Samuel Cobb Scott (1778-1847). Baptist Cemetery, Elijah Ragsdale (1778-1858) and James F. Blackstock (1789-1852).
Also, one from the Spanish American War buried in the Baptist Cemetery. David B. Lindholm (1872-1914).
As you can see, Powder Springs also has a rich Military History – War of 1812, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam to current day conflicts (2022).
Visit the Seven Springs Museum and our local cemeteries to learn more.