Entering this contest is easy. Just post a comment at the bottom of this article and tell us what your favorite thing to do in Marietta is or share your thanks to our servicemen. Just a sentence or two will be fine.
For the third year, Marietta will celebrate, honor and remember local servicemen and wounded warriors with the Hearts for Heroes event at the .
"We are putting this event together to honor the servicemen and women. Marietta gives a big city feel in a small town; it's like a big family, and this gives us a chance to honor those who help and protect us," Likeam Wise-Jackson, one of the coordinators of the event, said.
In addition, the and will be recognized for their continuous contributions, cooperation and support of the armed forces and local military personnel.
"The event raises awareness for our troops and lets them know we support them," Wise-Jackson said.
The public is invited to attend and veterans, community leaders and servicemen are expected to be at the event. JROTC students will also be in attendance.
"It's so much fun to watch them (students) get excited when they meet veterans and the guys coming from the base ()," Jan Galt Russell, director of , said.
With song and dance performances from country star Corey Crowder, the Kennesaw State University Swing Dancers and Marietta's Big Chicken Chorus, Hearts for Heroes III is slated to be an evening you won't want to miss.
"It's a really cool event and has high school students up to World War II veterans and everything in between. We all come together to honor the military," Russell explained.
The Marietta Museum of History and its will host the event and all proceeds benefit the museum.
The entertaining evening of memories, music, military and more begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.
Following the event at the Strand will be a VIP reception hosted by former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes and his wife Marie Barnes at their home.
You must get your entry for the pair of VIP tickets in by 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. We’ll conduct a random drawing from these entries.
The winner of the ticket giveaway will be notified by email and can pick up the tickets at the box office the day of the show. The winner will need to have a photo ID to claim the tickets.
Tickets for Hearts for Heroes III can be purchased through the Earl Smith Strand Theatre box office at earlsmithstrand.org or 770-293-0080.
Cost: $30 per person for the Strand event; $125 per person for the Strand event with VIP seating and the VIP reception at the home of Governor and Mrs. Roy Barnes, transportation is included.