Memorial Day observances set for Fayette, Coweta

Old headstones in the Fayetteville Cemetery. File photo.
Old headstones in the Fayetteville Cemetery. File photo.

Memorial Day on May 25 will see a host of activities in Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Senoia. Each community will have its own version of observances designed to honor the U.S. military.

Memorial Day activities get underway in Peachtree City on Monday at 9 a.m. at City Hall Plaza.

This year’s event will celebrate the memory of two former Peachtree City residents who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military: Sgt. First Class Shawn McCloskey, a Green Beret; and Lance Corporal Josh Isaac, a Marine.

“While we honor all of our nation’s fallen on this most solemn of days, this year’s ceremony brings the purpose of this holiday much closer to home,” according to a spokesperson. “Peachtree City is blessed that many of its residents are veterans of all our nation’s services. Further, the efforts of our local veteran organizations such as our local VFW Post 9949, American Legion Post 50, and our local Marine Corps League continue to distinguish themselves year after year with countless hours of volunteer service throughout our community.”

The events of memorial Day will continue in Fayetteville at 11 a.m.

American Legion Post 105 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at the Fayetteville City Cemetery.

The traditional observance for the citizens of Fayette County will begin at 11 a.m. and will be held among the American flag-decorated graves of the military veterans buried there.

Guest speakers include state Sen. Marty Harbin and retired U.S. Army Major Gen. Robert Griffin.

The historic cemetery is located off Hwy. 54 adjacent to the Fayette County Board of Education. Those attending are invited to bring lawn chairs.

Memorial Day will continue in Senoia with the annual Memorial Day Remembrance and Festival beginning at 10 a.m. in the downtown area.

Patriot music and other activities will be followed by the annual parade at 2 p.m. The event this year will include the return this year of the 116th Army Band.

The Memorial Day activities will conclude at dark with the annual fireworks display over Marimac Lakes on Pylant Street.