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USOís 75th anniversary celebrated at Airport


By Scott Henry

Hartsfield-Jacksonís USO center will break out the birthday cake to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of its parent organization this Tuesday, February 4, treating military troops and invited guests to a special luncheon.

Mary Lou Austin, CEO of the USO of Georgia, says the center, whose entrance on the Airportís third level overlooks the Domestic Terminal atrium, will mark the milestone with a ceremonial cake-cutting and remarks by ATL Deputy General Manager Roosevelt Council.

Before moving to the Airport 35 years, the Atlanta USO center was located downtown and was among the first centers opened in 1941 when the United Service Organizations was created in the early days of World War II. Founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to support the morale of military personnel, the USO is the product of a collaboration between the Salvation Army, Young Menís Christian Association (YMCA), Young Womenís Christian Association (YWCA), National Catholic Community Service, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board.

Along with centers in Savannah and Warner Robbins, ATL's is now one of three USO centers still operating in Georgia. Last year, more than 300,000 military personnel were hosted at the Airport. Most recently, the center remained open around the clock for several days to provide meals and a place to relax for troops who were stranded during the recent ice storm.

Austin wants to remind the public that the USO is not a government agency and is largely funded through charitable donations.


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