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Patriot Day observance, open house on tap Wednesday

By Sherri Ellington After a long wait, the open house for the county’s new fire station will fall on a very special date,Wednesday, Sept. 11. Open house will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature the Woodmen of the World Patriot Day flagpole dedication at 12 noon. A ribbon cutting for the station will be held afterwards about 1 p.m. ‘We just want to make sure everyone can be able to come and walk through,’ said fire chief Steve Andrews. ‘We’re doing it all in one day. We’ll have snacks and refreshments during the day.’ On Patriot Day at high noon, the Woodmen of the World’s Barnesville Lodge 199 and members of the Lamar County volunteer fire and rescue are co-sponsoring an In Honor and Remembrance ceremony and flagpole dedication at the new Lamar County fire station headquarters. The new building is at 107 Country Kitchen Rd. right behind the Lamar County tax office building. This ceremony not only honors the heroes and victims of Sept. 11, 2001, but the soldiers who have lost their lives and those currently serving in the fight against terrorism. It also pays tribute to the men and women who every day safeguard the nation and its communities. Rep. Johnnie Caldwell Jr. of Thomaston will be the program’s guest speaker. He is the Georgia State Representative for District 131 which includes Lamar, Upson and Pike counties. Rep. Caldwell is also an Army veteran. ‘In 2002, the Woodmen organization made a promise to never forget the 9/11 tragedy and those who perished that day. Our lodge members are proud to be a part of fulfilling this promise by co-sponsoring a community patriotic service,’ said lodge president Maxine Gibson. Among the guests will be Sen. Ronnie Chance. Other officials have been invited.

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