The newly formed Coweta Commission on Veteran’s Affairs, in association with the American Legion, AMVETS, VFW, and Marine Corps League presented a "Veterans Appreciation Muster" on October 16, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Newnan.
The purpose of the Muster was to raise awareness within Coweta County of the contributions and sacrifices made by our military men and women on our behalf. Muster means "Gathering" and that is what we did. We gathered the citizens of our County around the newly renovated Coweta County Courthouse where we had the history of our military on display. The community came, saw, and talked to veterans of various eras, viewed their memorabilia displays, and heard some of their heartwarming experiences.
The opening ceremony was at 10:00 AM at Veteran’s Plaza located at the intersection of Jackson Street and Temple Avenue in Newnan. The event included:
- The National Anthem performed by the Atkinson Elementary School Choir,
- A performance by the Men’s Ensemble from First Baptist Church, Newnan, performing God Bless America and America the Beautiful,
- Brigadier General Don Harvel, USAF, related the history of veterans in Coweta County
- Congressman Lynn Westmoreland honor Coweta County and the City of Newnan for their support of veterans with the presentation of flags that were flown over our Nation's Capitol on July 4, 2010
- A brief remembrance honoring Brigadier General Rob Tornow, USAF, and Mr. Harold Barron, both true patriots and major contributors to the quality of life in Coweta County,
- Presentation of the Colors by Sons of the American Revolution Re-enactors and a musket salute
At least one representative from each of the five military services participated in the ceremony. It concluded with a helicopter flyby.
At 11:oo AM, events moved to the courthouse square in Newnan. There people:
- Toured the newly renovated Coweta County Courthouse
- Listened to stories by members of the Sons of the American Revolution dressed in period costumes
- Heard military related presentations
- Talked to veterans from WW II forward and viewed their cherished memorabilia
- Visited with military and civilian service organizations who were available to answer questions about benefits and offered information as to what their organization can provide to veterans
- Enjoyed the food and products of vendors as they listened to the Newnan High School Band with their rendition of traditional military favorites
- Visited with the Newnan/Coweta Historical Society who is available to receive any military memorabilia that citizens may have and wish to donate to the Society,
- Stopped by Sponsor’s Row and say thanks to our sponsors who will be generously providing financial support to make this day possible.
This event provided an opportunity for the community to interact with our veterans and to listen to their stories.