Veteran’s Day ceremonies planned

Staff Report

November 8, 2013

Veterans Day ceremonies are set for LaGrange, West Point and Hogansville next week.

The West Georgia Veterans Council will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony in LaGrange on Monday at the Troup County Veterans Memorial.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at the memorial, located between the Troup County Government Center’s parking deck and the Troup County Juvenile Court building.

The program will include a welcome, presentation of colors, group singing, reading of the names of known area veterans who have passed away during the past year, a brief message by Judge Jeanette Little, the laying of a wreath, prayer and closing.

Officers of the West Point Police Department will pay tribute to veterans from all branches of the military from all periods of service during their Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at J. Smith Lanier Park in downtown West Point.

“This ceremony honors not just those veterans who live in West Point,” said Chief Jeffery Cato. “We want veterans from all over Troup County, Lanett, Valley, LaFayette, Harris County and surrounding area to attend. We want all ages – World War II down through current service in Iraq and Afghanistan – represented, as well as all branches of service.”

Lanett Junior ROTC will present the colors and there will be brief remarks by several community leaders and elected legislators from Alabama and Georgia and a wreath will be placed to honor the veterans. Following the ceremony, West Point officers will serve refreshments at the park.

Hogansville will hold its Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday in downtown Hogansville. Sheriff James Woodruff will be a speaking at the event.

Also for Veterans Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at West Point Lake recreation areas.