Coweta County is a patriotic community, and Memorial Day is being observed across the county starting today and continuing through Monday. There are solemn events, as well as fun and entertainment planned.
The 3-D Readers will present “The Rest of the Story” at the African-American Heritage Museum and Research Center, 92 Farmer St., today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be in honor of African-American soldiers from the American Revolution through the Korean War and Vietnam War.
Donations will be accepted for the museum at the program.
Also today, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2667 will join other veterans groups in placing flags on the graves of veterans. Individuals from the community are asked to help.
Volunteers will meet at the Coweta Veterans Club, on US Highway 29 North, at 8:30 a.m. today. Participants are asked to bring a screwdriver to punch holes in the soil for easier flag placement.
The VFW's annual Buddy Poppy drive will be held at several Coweta locations during Memorial Day weekend. Funds collected for the little red flowers are used exclusively for the relief and benefit of veterans and families in need.
Donations to the Buddy Poppy Relief Fund can also be made by mail to VFW Post 2667, PO Box 71066, Newnan GA 30271.
On Sunday at 11 a.m., First United Methodist Church in Grantville will honor veterans, city hall personnel and city police officers -- and their families. A luncheon will follow the service.
Memorial Day itself is Monday. The day is set aside to remember those who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Grantville, Newnan and Senoia are continuing longtime traditions on Memorial Day.
Also on Monday, the Artisans Heritage Guild is offering the “Artisan Experience.”
The first observance will be at Happy Hollow, the small park across from the Methodist church in Grantville. The program, sponsored by the Grantville Veterans Association, will start at 9 a.m.
George Bailey, chaplain for the American Legion post in Hogansville and a member of the Hogansville City Council, will be speaking.
Following the program, at 10 a.m., the GVA will work with volunteers in placing flags on all veterans’ graves in the Grantville Cemetery.
The annual program in Newnan will start at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Plaza in the city park at Jackson Street and Temple Avenue. The program will remember the lives of two Cowetans lost in the service of our country during the Vietnam war. Johnny C. Calhoun and Tommy Huddleston, cousins, were lost four months apart in 1967-68.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2667 is again sponsoring the event.
"Memorial Day is a time to stop and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice with their military service. It is also important to honor their families and loved ones and to show them that our community remembers - will always remember - and be grateful for their sacrifice," said Jeff Carroll, this year's program director.
This year's program will honor all those lost in military service by remembering the lives of the two young cousins who never came back. Tommy Huddleston died in November 1967 after fierce fighting on Hill 875 in the Battle of Dak To.
In March 1968, Johnny Calhoun was reported Missing In Action after laying down cover fire while the rest of his team was evacuated. Calhoun was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions to save his team. The Distinguished Service Cross is second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor.
VFW Post 2667 Commander John Skinner has invited the community and veterans to Monday's ceremonies. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home, which is located next door to the park.
The traditional free Memorial Day luncheon, sponsored by the Coweta Veterans Club, will follow the downtown ceremony. Lunch will be at the club.
Assistance will be available to those who need it for parking, entry, seating and serving.
For more information, call the CVC at 770-251-6949.
A full day of events is planned in Senoia on Monday. The 11th annual Memorial Day Remembrance and Street entertainment, a food court, children’s activities and street vendors. A patriotic program with a flyover is scheduled for noon.
The highlight of the day in Senoia is the parade, which will begin at 2 p.m. A mini concert by the 116th National Guard Army Band will begin after the 3 p.m. Moment of Remembrance.
Fireworks at Marimac Lakes Park on Pylant Street will begin at nightfall.
The Artisan Experience will be held at the Newnan History Center at the train depot in downtown Newnan from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors will get the opportunity to sign up for free mini-classes, which will be offered in 45 minute blocks throughout the day.
Visitors will have the opportunity to sit at a loom, make something in a blacksmith’s forge, work on a bonsai, paint, and draw. Space is limited for each individual class. You must sign up at the event.
Artisans at the event will include a weaver, painter, blacksmith, flint napper, genealogist, storyteller, stained glass artist, bonsai artist, and fiber artist doing knitting and crochet.
The guild will soon be offering classes at the Male Academy Musuem.