Newnan Honors Veterans and the Fallen on Memorial Day

by By Winston Skinner


Photo by Clay Neely

Joe McCaffrey, whose father and uncle were killed in World War II, shakes the hand of Henry Wilkerson, a 102-year-old veteran of that war.

Monday’s Memorial Day ceremonies in downtown Newnan offered a rousing tribute to those who fought in World War II and particularly those who died serving their country.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2667 sponsored the annual program at Veterans Memorial Plaza in the city park at Jackson Street and Temple Avenue. Veterans Jeff Carroll and Dick Stender read the 68 names of men from Coweta County who were killed in action in World War II, and friends and family raised their hands as each name was called.

All World War II veterans were asked to stand, and about eight were present. There was a standing ovation for 102-year-old Henry Wilkerson, who was among the World War II veterans in the crowd of about 550.

Stender said World War II lived up to its name. To the veterans, he said, “You saved the world. You went off and did things in far off lands.” About 400,000 Americans were killed during that war.

“You’ll never be forgotten,” Stender said.

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