Veteran of Year to be honored Monday

alt

Mel Hayden

By W. WINSTON SKINNER
winston@newnan.com
Today is Veterans Day, and local veterans will be honored today and tomorrow at ceremonies across the county.
Many Veterans Day observances will be held Monday, which is the federal holiday for the tribute to America’s military personnel. Mel Hayden will be recognized as Veteran of the Year at the community Veterans Day ceremony on Monday in Newnan.
That ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Plaza in the Newnan city park at Temple Avenue and Jackson Street.
A Virginia native, Hayden grew up in South Carolina. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Army and completed Special Forces training in 1961 before serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. He also served in Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Following his military service, Hayden spent the next 20 years in the U.S. Civil Service. He holds a PhD in human resource development and has been active in civic and educational projects since moving to Newnan.
A tribute to veterans will also be held in Grantville on Monday morning. The Grantville Veterans Association is sponsoring the event, which will take place at Happy Hollow Memorial Park across from First United Methodist Church of Grantville at 9 a.m.

Several churches have Veterans Day events on their calendars today. Among them are:

• St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10:30 a.m. Veterans who wish to do so may wear their uniforms.

• First Baptist Church, Moreland, 11 a.m.

• Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 11 a.m. Patriotic music and readings followed by a spaghetti lunch. The church youth group will be accepting donations for the lunch.



More Local

UPDATE

Body in creek: No sign of foul play

After a preliminary investigation Friday, authorities do not believe Willie Jerel Stargell’s death was a homicide. On Thursday, Starge ... Read More


Locals react to new take on Cuba

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced his plans to renew and normalize relationships between the Unites States and Cuba. Although U ... Read More


Is former city manager back in the running in Grantville?

Johnny Williams is back in the hunt to reclaim his old job as Grantville city manager. The move to rehire Williams might prove difficult as ... Read More


First Fill the Stocking checks presented

The first checks for the Fill the Stocking campaign for 2014 have been presented – helping to meet needs of families and children duri ... Read More


Schools ask for input on 2016-2017 calendar

The Coweta County Board of Education is seeking public input and comment for the revisions to the proposed 2016-2017 school calendar. The pu ... Read More

Christmas gift ideas at local businesses

Looking for the perfect present? Look no further than Coweta’s small businesses. They offer great gifts at affordable prices. Here&rsq ... Read More