Christmas wreaths to honor Coweta's war dead

By ALEX MCRAE
alex@newnan.com
The Coweta Veterans Club will place seven memorial Christmas wreaths, honoring Coweta’s war dead, in ceremonies at noon Dec. 15 at the Veterans Memorial Plaza.
The plaza is located in the Newnan city park at the corner of Temple Avenue and Jackson Street.
This is the fourth year of participating in what is now a national program, Wreaths Across America.
The Wreaths Across America event began in 1992 when Merrill Worchester, owner of Worchester Wreath Company, made a donation of 5,000 wreaths for Arlington National Cemetery. It remained an annual Arlington event until 2003, when news photos captured the majesty and spirit of wreaths against marble crosses.
Soon other communities and national cemeteries asked for wreaths. Last year, the Columbia Falls, Maine, company supplied 300,000 wreaths, supported solely by grants, bequests and donations from corporations and individuals.
John O’Connor, a VFW and American Legion member, was instrumental in Coweta’s participation. He made the original request for seven wreaths to honor our local war dead from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the War On Terrorism.

Wreaths are also placed on the plaques honoring the five military services and the POW-MIAs.

“Each and every Christmas that we enjoy, and the gifts of freedom and peace we cherish, are possible only because men and women died to preserve them,” O’Connor said. “These wreaths are our way of saying Merry Christmas and thanks.”

The Newnan program will be brief and will include the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Veterans, the Marine Corps League and the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.

The public is invited to attend this program and join with the veterans to remember those who gave their lives in defense of America and the free world.



More Local

Winter storm warning in effect

City, county and school system officials are keeping watch on a developing winter storm. The Coweta County School System and the Heritage Sc ... Read More


Coweta schools to open two hours late

Coweta County’s public schools will be in session on Thursday, but school will start two hours later. All schools will be open, accord ... Read More


Changes definition of marijuana

Cannabis oil bill passes House, heads to Senate

A bill that would allow limited possession of cannabis-derived medicine for those with certain medical conditions overwhelmingly passed the ... Read More


Man arrested for child molestation

A man suspected of molesting a child was arrested by authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office this week. Russell Kirk Jones ... Read More


Coweta schools name 2015 Teachers of the Year

The Coweta County School System recently named its 2015 Teachers of the Year for its 31 schools. “The teachers are elected each year i ... Read More

Lived most of life on Coweta farm

Funeral today for 103-year-old Charlie Trammell

Charlie Trammell was born in 1911 on his family’s Coweta County farm, and he died there – in a house he and his wife built 49 ye ... Read More