Muster to honor Korean War vets
by W. Winston Skinner
“Korea — the Forgotten War” will be the theme for this year’s Muster, sponsored by the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs.
This is the fourth year for the event, which honors veterans and focuses on the military legacy of Coweta County. Each year the muster has included a performing arts component and a public gathering with a variety of events.
This year, Veteran’s Night at the Centre will offer a patriotic music performance at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. That event is set for Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
The main muster event will be Oct. 5 starting at 10 a.m. There will be skydivers, helicopter rides and military demonstrations. A Remembrance Ceremony — honoring the three Cowetans who were killed in the Korean War and others who served — is set for 2 p.m.
“This is the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War,” said Malcolm Jackson, who serves on the CCVA and has been involved with the muster projects from their inception.
Jackson said school system music instructors are busy preparing students for the Oct. 3 event. “They are putting together a tribute to the Korean War veterans,” he said. About 300 middle and high school students — in band, chorus and drama — are expected to participate.
Jackson said about 32 Korean War veterans “who have Coweta roots in one way or another” have been identified. Many will be attending the muster and sharing memorabilia from their war experiences. Jackson said Joe Brooks and Dick Stender have been in touch with family members of all three of the fallen Cowetans from Korea. Representatives of at least two of the families are expected to attend the Remembrance Ceremony.
For more on the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs and the upcoming events go to www.cowetacova.org .