Plans are set for a special event to celebrate the lives of soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
On Friday, the city of Cumming will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremonies at the Veterans War Memorial at 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard at 11 a.m. Crystal Ledford, a spokeswoman for the city, said 10 new names of veterans will be added to the city’s Avenue of Flags.
“The highlight of the day is typically the Avenue of Flags dedication,” Ledford said. “That is when we unfurl the new flags dedicated in memory and honor of deceased veterans from the community, so that is always a very somber and moving experience for everyone to witness.”
The event will also feature speeches, songs, a rifle salute, a performance of Taps and a dove release.
“It’s always a very, very somber [event,]” Ledford said. “This is in honor of Memorial Day, which of course honors those who serve our country who have passed away either in wartime or peacetime. Our community is always very respectful, very reverent. We always have a lot of veterans groups.”
The Rev. Bonnie Underwood, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and associate pastor at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, will serve as master of ceremonies, and the Rev. Ted Miller, pastor of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, will lead the opening invocation.
The keynote speaker at the event will be retired U.S. Army Col. John M. Davis. Davis served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and as an engineer plans officer with U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Pacific Command.
Rainy weather has been common recently, and there is a plan in place if it rains Friday.
“If we do have a really heavy rain that morning or thunderstorm, the rain location will be the covered arena at the fairgrounds,” Ledford said.