For the twenty-ninth year, Newnan’s American Legion Post 57 will sponsor the November 11 ceremonies in Veterans’ Memorial Plaza. As it has since 2004, the program will honor a Veteran of the Year for Newnan/Coweta, recognizing one individual who served his nation in uniform and came home to better his community, state and nation. The honoree will be announced in the Times-Herald on November 10.
In addition, Robin Tornow and Harold Barron, who were instrumental in the construction of Veterans’ Memorial Plaza, will be remembered as a part of the program.
The program will begin at 11:00 and will be followed by the traditional community luncheon at the Coweta Veterans’ Club, from noon till 2:30 PM.
The Atkinson Elementary Chorus will again perform inspirational music that will be as big a crowd pleaser as was their routine for 2009.
Commander Ronald Freese, directing his first Veterans’ Day program, issued a special invitation to our newest veterans from the Gulf War and the War on Terrorism. "We want to make them feel welcome and to be a part of our family. Our first objective as a service organization is to take care of any and all veterans, not just the old guys. We recognize that the returning veterans of today’s conflicts have injuries that are seldom visible, but the hardships and pain are real for them and their families. We want to help."
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the McKoon Funeral Chapel. Anyone having questions is asked to call the Veterans’ Club at 7-251-6949