Fallen Vietnam veterans to be memorialized on Happy Valley

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com Donald Lowery and Tim Cole, two Coweta men who were killed in action in the Vietnam War, will be memorialized on Happy Valley Circle. On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with making Happy Valley a memorial highway to the two men, who both grew up in the area.
Commissioner Randolph Collins said he was approached by Robert Jacobs, a childhood friend of Lowery and Cole, about the honor. Lowery was the first Cowetan to be killed in Vietnam. The gymnasium at old Madras School on U.S. Highway 29 north was named in his honor in 1968, but "that is no longer being used daily by the public," Collins said. The school facility is used for storage by the Coweta County School System's maintenance crews. Tuesday's vote was just the first step in the memorial highway process, Collins said. Now the details will include working out exactly what the signs will say and where they will be placed. Collins said one idea is to have one portion of the road dedicated in honor of Cole, and one portion named in honor of Lowery. The road name itself will not change.


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