November 23, 2017

CCVA Speaks to Three Rivers Regional Commission about Vietnam Memorial Wall

Mr. Joe Brooks(l) and Mr. Malcolm Jackson, Co-Chairmen of the Coweta Commission of Veteran's Affairs

Mr. Malcolm Jackson and Mr. Joe Brooks made a presentation to the Three Rivers Commission this past Monday morning regarding the arrival of  “The Wall That Heals” to the Coweta County Fairgrounds in October.

The half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. has traveled to over 300 cities around the United States since its dedication on Veteran’s Day in 1996.

Mr. Brooks, who served as a major-general in the United States Army, and Mr. Jackson, a native of Heard County and a graduate of Heard High School who served in the Air Force, are co-chairs of the Coweta Commission on Veteran’s Affairs (CCVA).

According to its mission statement, the CCVA was formed to provide an enhanced awareness to the community of the sacrifices made daily by all active duty military personnel, Reserve and National Guard components, military retirees, and their families and is dedicated to ensuring the rights of all veterans and their families within Coweta County.

The display of the wall at the fairgrounds will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for local residents, and will include a full week of interesting, educational, and entertaining activities.

The festivities will kick off at THE CENTRE for Performing and Visual Arts at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan with a one-man Broadway show entitled The Things They Carried on Sunday October 16 at 3:00 p.m.

The 90-minute show ($10, $8/seniors, $2 students) will be presented by the American Place Theatre and is based on a book by Tim O’Brien. Admission is free to all Vietnam Veterans and their immediate families.

The Wall That Heals will then arrive on Tuesday afternoon in a caravan which will be escorted by a large contingent of patriotic motorcyclists.

The parade is expected to pass down Bullsboro Drive and through Downtown Newnan to the fairgrounds. Also at the CENTRE that same Tuesday night will be a movie presentation entitled In the Shadow of the Blade which will be free to the public.

One of the movie participants Donna Rowe (Capt., US Army Ret.) will make a personal presentation at the show. Captain Rowe was head nurse, emergency room/triage area, 3rd field hospital, in Saigon, Vietnam 1968-69.

In a Viet Cong attack on a village in May 1969, everyone was killed with exception of one baby girl who was found in her dead mother’s arms. The baby, which was called “Baby Kathleen” by Rowe and her fellow triage members is now a wife and mother who resides in Northern California.

She will be on stage that night joining Ms. Rowe in what is sure to be a very touching moment for those in attendance. Local volunteers will set up the wall on Wednesday and it will be on display 24/7 for the public to view at the fairgrounds from Thursday at 9:00 a.m. until Sunday Night at 6:00 p.m.

Several different ceremonies will take place during these four days and again all are free to the public. All Heard County residents are encouraged to attend as many events as possible to take advantage of this great opportunity.

 

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