Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tornow and Barron Remembered on Veterans Day

Rob Tornow and Harold Barron, local veterans who died since the last Veterans Day, were remembered at Newnan and Coweta's Veterans Day tribute on Thursday.

The event was held at Veterans Memorial Plaza at Jackson Street and Temple Avenue, which was created as the result of work by a committee that included Barron and Tornow. Ronald Freese, commander of Alvin Hugh Harris American Legion Post 57, presented American flags in glassed boxes to Tornow's wife, Barbara, and Katie Brady, Harold Barron's daughter.

Jeff Carroll, American Legion Sgt at Arms and master of ceremonies, spoke of the work Rob Tornow and Harold Barron put into making Veterans Memorial Plaza a reality. "The park is the culmination of the vision of these two men and a a lot of other people in the community," he said.

Tornow and Barron were the caliber of leaders "we may never see again," Carroll said. "I hope one day to be some fraction of what they were to this community."

Local veteran Dick Stender helped put together Thursday's program at the city park, but an injury prevented his attendance. G.D. Hendrix, who has been active in patriotic ceremonies locally for years, also spoke briefly -- recognizing current and former elected officials.

Dianne Wood of the African-American Alliance displayed military memorabilia at one edge of the ceremony site.

Cadets from the JROTC program at Newnan High School presented the colors. The Atkinson Elementary School Chorus -- under the direction of Karen Moseley -- sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and presented two medleys, one of patriot tunes and another featuring hymns of the military service branches.

John McDuffie, who is pastor of Turin Baptist Church, brought the invocation. Jim Goodrum, the Veteran of the Year, is a member and deacon at Turin Baptist.

The benediction was delivered by Winston Skinner, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Alvaton and assistant news editor at The Times-Herald.

More Veterans Day stories and pictures at Times-Herald.com