White Oak Golden K helps fund memorial to soldiers


Speaking about the D-Day invasion to the White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Club Thursday were Times-Herald columnist Alex McRae and history professor Dr. Walt Todd, from left. 

Alex McRae, columnist and former staff writer for The Newnan Times-Herald recently traveled to Ravenoville, France, where he presented a check from the White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Club to David Ashe of the Eternal Heroes Park.

This park is dedicated to the memory of the 101st Airborne Division who landed there on D-Day behind enemy lines to help secure the amphibious landing area planned for the troops the following day on Utah Beach, June 6, 1944. White Oak Golden K donated the money in memory of Gene Cook, one of the club’s members who recently passed away. 

The money will be used to help with the installation of a life-size bronze statue, similar to the Medal of Honor statue that stands at Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown Newnan. The statue will be installed in the Eternal Heroes Park later this year.

“Gene Cook was a tireless worker in our community as a volunteer for many years prior to the onset of his declining health problems,” said Golden K member Lee Hunter. “He spent countless hours working in our community and with the Newnan High School History Department by participating in the twice-annual Vet-Connect programs. He also spoke to hundreds of NHS history students over the years about World War II.”

Also attending the recent Golden K meeting was history professor Dr. Walt Todd. He will be presenting a program at the Newnan Carnegie Library June 6 remembering the D-Day Invasion.

His talk, titled “Remembering World War II – ‘D-Day: The Seventieth Anniversary of The Invasion of Normandy’” will be on Friday, June 6, from 2:30 -4 p.m. at the Carneige in downtown Newnan. Members of White Oak Golden K plan to attend the program.

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