The Newnan Times-Herald


We need bigger, better July 4 parade

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 25, 2019 - 8:34 PM

There are no words to adequately express the gratitude I have for those who participated in the Freedom Celebration at the First Baptist Church on Sunday night.

The church was beautifully decorated with our American flags, and it brought tears to my eyes to watch the Honor Guard from the Coweta Sheriff’s Department present the colors.  The patriotic music was heart stopping as were the beautiful hymns sung by the choir and the special guest, Rev. Rhon Carter.

Every foot was tapping at the beautiful organ/piano rendition of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and watching the video with pictures of those men and women who have served their country from this church was so moving.

As the choir and orchestra saluted each branch of our service with their songs and those who had served in the different branches stood, you have never heard such applause.

Lt. General Robert Walsh of the U.S. Marine Corp gave a speech that should be heard by every American. God was most assuredly in that sanctuary that night, and all of us went away with a feeling of patriotism, love for our God and love for our country that we wanted to share with everyone we meet.

As we approach this Fourth of July, I pray that not only will it be a day of happy times with family and friends, but a day of sincere gratitude for the freedom that we so enjoy here in this wonderful land of America. I am sad that our city no longer prompts a huge parade honoring those who have fought and died for this opportunity we have to celebrate this holiday.

We should have the grandest parade this community could put together with some of our veterans being the grand marshals. We should turn out in huge numbers waving our flags and thanking God for this freedom that has been given to us by His grace and mercy and the sacrifice of so, so many families.

Put out your flags and pause and thank God for letting us live in the best country in the world. God bless America on July 4th and always.

Norma Haynes