Memorial Day ceremonies salute, honor veterans
Memorial Day ceremonies in Newnan will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, and will remember Coweta’s World War II veterans.
Senoia has a day-long salute that will include a memorial program, a parade and fireworks. Newnan Ceremonies will begin at Veterans Memorial Plaza in the city park at Temple Avenue and Jackson Street. This year’s program will honor all 63 Cowetans killed in action in World War II.
Members of VFW Post 2667 agreed that with so few World War II veterans still living, they and their fallen comrades should be remembered and honored.
“Our citizens need to be reminded of the sacrifices our nation endured during the truly big war. Our debt to that generation of Americans is huge and we have so little time left to see them, shake their hands, render thanks and join with them in remembering their fallen comrades,” Stender said.
The VFW has extended an invitation to all surviving WWII veterans and families to Monday’s ceremonies. Family and friends of those Cowetans who died and whose names are listed on the WWII Honor Roll at the plaza are also encouraged to attend.
“Each name will be read, and if family members are present, we will recognize them,” said Jeff Carroll, VFW commander.
Stender and Carroll said they realize this year’s program may attract more older people than usual, and additional chairs will be available. If there is a need for assistance for citizens with special needs, VFW members will be available to provide help.
In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home, located next to the park.
The traditional free Memorial Day Luncheon, sponsored by Coweta Veterans Club, will follow the downtown ceremony. Lunch will be at the club on Hwy 29 N. Assistance will be available for parking, entry, seating and serving. For more information, call the CVC at 770-251-6949.
A full day of events is scheduled Monday in Senoia, for the city’s annual Memorial Day remembrance and festival, which ends with the community fireworks spectacular at Marimac Lakes Park, sponsored by the city of Senoia.
Downtown events are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a patriotic program at noon; a parade at 2 p.m.; and a moment of silence, a gun and cannon salute, and a mini-concert by the 116th Army Band at 3. Parade trophies will be presented beginning at 4:30.
Local World War II veterans will be the honorary grand marshals for the afternoon parade.
Entertainment is planned throughout the day. Local band All the Rest will perform at 11 a.m. Other entertainment will include Music Alive and Heidi Graves. Food vendors will be available, along with rides and activities for kids, and arts and crafts and antique vendors. Downtown merchants will also be open.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans will fire a cannon and do the 21-gun salute during the moment of silence commemoration.
Senoia’s fireworks will begin at dusk at Marimac Lakes. There is no parking along Hwy. 16, and visitors are encouraged to park at the Leroy Johnson athletic fields on Howard Road and walk a short distance to Marimac Lakes. Visitors often arrive early to enjoy the evening.