Lafayette Alliance to honor Marquis de Lafayette

Published 4:32 pm Monday, August 19, 2019

Visitors, locals and longtime LaGrange residents will once again gather in Downtown LaGrange for the second annual Wreath Laying and Commemoration Ceremony of a Revolutionary War hero.

Celebrations for Marquis de Lafayette Day will begin Sept. 6 in the square at the fountain beginning at 10 a.m. The City of LaGrange was named after Lafayette’s home near Paris, Chateau deLaGrange and in 2018 Gov. Brian Kemp, the House of Representatives and the Senate declared the day in honor of Lafayette’s birthday.

“We want more community involvement this year,” said Lafayette Alliance secretary, Alex Hughes. “This time we will have Rev. Dr. John Beyers with LaGrange First United Methodist, Callaway Middle School will have a mixture of performances on Lafayette and winners from THINC Academy project competitions will be recognized.”

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Hughes said they are repeating the crowds favorite part of the celebration of the musket firings.

On Saturday, Sept. 7 the celebrations will continue at the annual LaGrange International Friendship Exchange (LIFE) Festival, where the organization will have a booth at.

“As Lafayette Alliance, we want to educate the community about Lafayette … who helped win the Revolutionary War and we will commemorate that through the wreath-laying ceremony,” Hughes said.