City of Newnan

Teen organizing first Veterans Day parade

by Wes Mayer

Newnan teenager organizing city’s first Veterans Day parade By Wes Mayer

A Newnan teen is organizing the first ever Veterans Day parade in Newnan for November and he is looking for anyone and everyone who would like to participate.

Nathan Thompson, a graduate of Newnan High School, has already received approval from the city and the Newnan Police Department to hold the parade on the morning of Nov. 11. Thompson said he plans to start the parade at 9 a.m. – with staging beginning at 8:30 a.m. – on Long Place and march double-breasted northbound on LaGrange Street, past the historic courthouse, and continue north on Jackson Street to end at Veterans Memorial Plaza at the city park at Temple Avenue and Jackson.

Once at the park, the traditional ceremony hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will begin, Thompson said. There will not be an entry fee for the parade.

Thompson said there has never been a Veterans Day Parade in Newnan as far as he knows, and he is organizing the first one in honor of his uncle, his grandfather, his great-grandfather and friends who are all veterans.

Thompson said he hopes to get local people and businesses to participate and have both marchers and floats in the parade. Anyone interested in participating may contact Nathan by email at, and he only asks for people to put something like “Veterans Day Parade” in the subject line and contact him before Oct. 17.

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