Saturday, July 28, 2007

Veterans Memorial Plaza Bricks

In order to help fund Veterans Memorial Plaza in Newnan, the committee is hoping to sell some 5,000 bricks to form the pedestrian area in the landscaped park. Anyone can buy bricks and the bricks can have anyone's name on it. Several people have planned to buy a brick for each grandchild. Bricks can also have the name of a club or business. To come close to the goal of 5,000, many bricks for non-veterans will have to be given, along with those recalling family members and friends who joined the military.

The park is located at Jackson Street and Temple Avenue. A proposal was unveiled during the annual Memorial Day gathering at the park, and fundraising is now under way.
Bricks may be given in honor or in memory of anyone. Each brick costs $50 and can have three lines of text with a maximum of 16 characters and spaces per line. Checks may be made to the city of Newnan. Orders may be sent to Newnan City Manager, 25 LaGrange St., P.O. Box 1193, Newnan, GA 30264-1193. Payment must accompany orders. We're working to get a picture of a brick to help sales. Print the Order Form Here.

The plaza will include an area with flagpoles, and there will be plaques listing Cowetans who died in World War II, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the current and recent conflicts in the Middle East. There is even a space for a future plaque if it should be needed. The proposal also calls for a permanent desk-style podium that can be used for the program in the park each Veteran's Day and Memorial Day as well as for other community events. The plan includes benches near the plaques.

In addition, the Coweta Veterans Club has offered to provide a plaque for the park that will show an uplifted hand and the words: "I solemnly swear to uphold and defend..."