Military Officer Magazine Live and Play: Georgia

Military Officer Magazine Live and Play: Georgia
The view from Jekyll Island, one of 15 barrier islands off Georgia's coast. (Sestevens/Getty Images)

The following first appeared as part of Live & Play, a special section in the June issue of Military Officer magazine. The magazine is available to all MOAA Premium and Life members. Learn more and access the digital edition here; learn more about joining MOAA here.) 

By Christina Wood

The Peach State has many must-see attractions, including:

  • The Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, an Appala­chian Heritage Festival held in Dahlonega featuring bluegrass and old-time music, storytell­ing, a juried Artists Market Place, traditional mountain crafts, and more.
  • The Georgia Aquarium, home to tens of thousands of animals swimming in more than 10 mil­lion gallons of water.
  • Andersonville, an infamous Confederate prisoner of war camp during the Civil War, en­compasses the 13,000 graves of the Andersonville National Cemetery and the National Pris­oner of War Museum.


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  • Fifteen barrier islands; you can only reach four of them by car. The others are unspoiled natural escapes accessible only by boat.
  • The Old Soldiers Day Celebra­tion, which the City of Alpharet­ta and the American Legion have hosted for nearly 100 years. The celebration, which is always held on the first Saturday in August, includes a patriotic concert and parade.

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