We Salute Our Veterans! - At the Athens-Clarke County Library

Image of a row of red poppies.

Join the Athens-Clarke County Library in honoring the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces this Veterans Day. Saturday, November 11.

The library will be open regular hours on Saturday, November 11. We have several programs dedicated to veterans this month. There's also a great display by the Daughters of the American Revolution of WWI artifacts in the library lobby.

African American Soldiers of WWI

Thursday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

University of Georgia History Professor Dr. John Morrow joins us to talk about the role of the 369th regiment of African American soldiers who fought alongside the French Army during the First World War. Come learn about the legendary Harlem Rattlers! In Appleton Auditorium.

Researching WWI Ancestors

Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.

Genealogist Rosemary Cantrell will present a brief history of WWI that will help genealogists understand the context of the war and its effect on different countries. Although the fire at the National Archives in St. Louis destroyed most of the WWI personnel records, there are many sources to help in researching the soldier in order to find his story. Co-sponsored by Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society. In Multipurpose Room A.

Film Screening: The Poppy Lady

Sunday, November 12, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening and discussion of "The Poppy Lady," a documentary by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters about the life of local educator and humanitarian Moina Belle Michael (1869-1944). Born in Good Hope, Moina Michael established the poppy as a universal symbol of tribute and support for veterans during the Firs World War. DeLois Gainey from the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (of which Moina was a member) will discuss Ms. Michael's legacy and how the DAR continues to support the causes of American Veterans. In Appleton Auditorium.

VA Medical Foster Homes

Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

"Where Heroes Meet Angels." Learn about an amazing program that helps disabled veterans who can no longer live independently but do not wish to live in a nursing home. Hallie Cheek, the Athens area coordinator for this Veterans Administration program, will explain the Medical Foster Home program and provide information on how you can become a medical foster home caregiver. In Multipurpose Room B.