The second annual LIFE festival will be held on the weekend of September 6, 2019, and end on September 7th. This event is being held to inform LaGrange natives on its founder, Marquis de Lafayette. Georgia’s governor, House of Representatives, and Senate proclaimed the event takes place on Lafayette’s birthday.
General Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought for the United States during the Revolutionary War. He was instrumental in the French Revolution and the July Revolution of 1830. The festival will serve as a way for LaGrange natives to come out and fellowship with one another along with becoming educated on the founder of this land.
The festivities will kick off Friday morning at 10 a.m. as visitors will gather at the town square next to the statue of General Lafayette. At that time there will be a wreath laying and a commemoration ceremony to remember him and his bravery that he demonstrated during battles of the Revolutionary War. THINC Academy will be revealing their projects on Lafayette, students from Callaway Middle School will perform, and the Sons of the American Revolution color guard will fire a salute with muskets from the Revolutionary war era.
On Saturday the 7th, festivities will begin at 3 p.m. and last until 6 p.m. There will be a booth included by the LaGrange International Friendship Exchange, to provide more information on General Lafayette’s life and his significance to American history. Information provided will be sponsored from the Lafayette Alliance.
The LIFE Festival is looking to become an event that everyone in the community can come to and celebrate the life of someone that is embedded in United States history, along with being the founder of this City.
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Nicholas Dantzler Staff Writer