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Memorial Day ceremony Friday in Cumming

One flag will honor late city employee

POSTED: May 22, 2013 12:29 a.m.

The city of Cumming’s Memorial Day ceremony will take on even more meaning for municipal employees this year.

The annual event, which is set for 11 a.m. Friday at the city’s Veterans War Memorial, will this year be held in memory of Wayne Lindsey.

Lindsey, who passed away suddenly May 4, was a 33-year employee of the city. He first served as a police officer and later as chief of police.

Most recently, Lindsey was the director of new development/special projects in the maintenance department.   

Alison Smith, one of the event organizers, said Lindsey and his department were the caretakers of the Avenue of Flags, which is set out during the ceremony with new flags added each year in honor of deceased veterans.

“We’re dedicating the ceremony to him,” she said. “He’s a veteran who served 20 years and he was actually the guy who was in charge of making sure the Avenue of Flags got out every year and the flags got back in after the ceremony.

“He’s been so involved with the memorial from the beginning and his children wanted to dedicate his flag this year, so we decided we would go ahead and do that this year.”

Besides Lindsey, seven other veterans with local ties will be remembered during the Avenue of Flags dedication Friday.

Smith said the flag ceremony began in 1995. With this year’s additions, it will include 201 flags.

Each flag is donated by family members of the deceased veterans in honor of their memory.  

Besides the Avenue of Flags dedication, the ceremony, which Smith said draws about 500 to 700 people, will also include comments from Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Richard Knight of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9143.

In addition, there will be music from Forsyth Pipe and Drum and the North Georgia Barbershop Singers, as well as presentations by the Forsyth County Fire Department Honor Guard and Sheriff’s Office. The event will conclude with the release of white doves.

“It’s a simple ceremony and the dove release is the perfect ending for us,” Smith said.

She encouraged anyone looking for a way to remember veterans this Memorial Day weekend to attend the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

“It’s a very sweet way to remember our veterans and all those who have served our country,” she said. “It’s something that’s different from anything else you’ll see.”


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