Cordele -- Veterans Memorial State Park is a place that honors all Georgians who have served our country in the military. People in Cordele and surrounding communities seem to support our troops as strongly as those in any part of the state. And the daily newspaper in the area has a special project to join in that support.
From the Civil War through Iraq, hundreds of veterans are about to be published in a special book put together by the Cordele Dispatch.
"We really honor our veterans a lot here in Cordele. This is not just old veterans, this is all the way up till today," says Circulation Director Rachel Wainwright. "You know, these are lives. This is our history. It's wonderful. These guys fought for our freedom, and they're still there today fighting."
Two years ago, the Dispatch published a pictorial history of Crisp County on the county's 100th anniversary. That was so successful that the newspaper decided to take on this special project. "We felt like it was something we wanted to do to honor our local veterans."
It goes along with the paper's philosophy of focusing on what's important to local people in Crisp, Dooly, and Wilcox Counties. "We pride ourselves in believing that we own the franchise on local news in the three counties that we serve."
Publisher Dan Sutton and managing editor Peggy King both got their start in the newspaper business with the dispatch in 1970s. After long careers at other papers, they both recently returned.
"It's rewarding to know that you're putting news for just every day people in the paper," said Sutton.
"I enjoy what I'm doing and don't know how to do anything else but work in newspapers and serve the community," King said.
And the Dispatch will continue to serve the community-- letting people know about their local news, and honoring the men and women who have served our country.
That book honoring the veterans costs $24.95. You can pre-order one now. They hope to have them back and ready to sell on Veterans Day, November 11th.