Service today marks 12th anniversary of 9/11
by Wes Mayer
To honor the victims of 9/11, Coweta County public safety agencies will be holding a ceremony on the Newnan square early today.
The memorial service will begin at 9 a.m. on the west side of the historic Coweta County Courthouse with opening remarks from Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Reverend Paul Dennis will give the invocation, followed by the presentation of colors, the National Anthem performed by Brian McKenzie of the Coweta County Fire Department, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Several residents from Newnan and Coweta County have also prepared some comments for the ceremony.
The city of Newnan’s police and fire departments are holding this year’s tribute in conjunction with Coweta County Sheriff and Fire, Coweta County EMS and the United States Military. All these agencies will be honoring the fallen and the victims of 9/11.
An honor guard has been composed of representatives from all Coweta public safety departments under acting commander Cpl. Floyd Boswell with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, said Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs, the ceremony’s coordinator. There will also be three color guards presenting each flag’s colors — one will be composed of personnel from the Coweta County Fire Department, one from the Newnan Police Department, and the third with a combination of Newnan Police and the Newnan Fire Department.
In addition, this year, Newnan High School history students will present memorial wreaths, and Riggs will be explain their significance.
At the conclusion of the ceremonies, Renee Windom will sing God Bless America, and the colors will be dropped to half-staff.
The ceremony will close with a rifle salute from the sheriff’s office, bugle taps from the county fire department and a closing prayer by Reverend Frank Power. The ceremony will end with closing remarks from Newnan Police Chief Douglas L. “Buster” Meadows.