Guest Column

Muster IV a success

Over the past four year, the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs has worked to honor all Coweta veterans and their families. The Annual Musters were designed to specifically recognize veterans who served in WWII, Vietnam, Post-Vietnam and Korea.

In our recent Muster IV we recognized those who served during the ’50-’53 era, a period known generally as Korea – The Forgotten War. Each year the intent of the Muster is to raise awareness within our community of the prices paid and the heroics and the sacrifices made by our military and their families to ensure our well-being and the freedoms we enjoy. This year was no different.

As has been our custom, Muster IV was presented in three parts. On Thursday evening prior to the Saturday event, a military-themed event at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts was presented. It was a patriotic musical performance featuring approximately (300) Coweta County School System students, elementary through high school, who entertained a full house.

New to our Musters this year, Coweta County High School Essay Contest winners were recognized for their efforts who wrote on the theme of “Korea – The Forgotten War.” Korean War veterans and their families were again recognized on Saturday at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Following the opening ceremony in which large US and POW/MIA flags were delivered by three Special Forces parachutists, visitors enjoyed a day that included reviews of military memorabilia provided by veterans, JROTC drill team demonstrations, Huey and Cobra helicopter rides, patriotic singers, college- and veteran-related service booths, and good food prepared by the West Georgia Tech Culinary Department.

The closing ceremony recognized 75 veterans who served during the Korean War era. Forty certificates were presented in person and an additional 35 have been mailed. In the concluding Remembrance Ceremony a plaque and gifts were presented to family members from Coweta County who lost loved ones in that conflict.

We feel that Muster IV 2013 was very successful. Thus we offer a tribute to the many individuals and organizations who worked so hard to make it a meaningful event.

The Coweta County school system, with its strong leadership and extremely talented students, made the Thursday night program happen. The essay award winners and the performances by members of the JRROTC were a great supporting cast.

To the exhibitors who took the time and effort to display their memorabilia of wars past and to share their great stories, thank you for your continuing service. The military service organizations — American Legion, VFW, AMVETS and the Marine Corp League — always display such honor and pride in their efforts.

And to every participant and volunteer, each in your own extraordinary way, you made Muster IV a meaningful event for a very special group of people — our Coweta County Korean War veterans. For that the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs offers our sincere thank you for a job well done. We are indebted.

CCVA Co-Chairs: Joe Brooks/ Malcolm Jackson



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