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Cumming to celebrate Memorial Day Friday with annual ceremony
14 veterans to be added to the Avenue of Flags
Memorial Day
FCN file photo. - photo by Paul Dybas

Doves will fly above the waving red, white and blue of slightly more American flags on Friday at the Veterans War Memorial in downtown Cumming as the city honors and remembers those who have served and are no longer with us.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony held by the city of Cumming will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, May 26 and will feature several speakers and traditions, including the addition of nine flags in honor of 14 veterans to the Avenue of Flags.

“The Memorial Day ceremony has been a tradition in the city of Cumming for about 25 years now, so it has become something that everyone at the city looks forward to and something that we hope our entire community looks forward to,” said Crystal Ledford, spokeswoman for the city.

Event information

  • What: The city of Cumming’s annual Memorial Day ceremony
  • When: Friday, May 26, 11 a.m.
  • Where: Veterans War Memorial, 301 Veterans War Memorial Blvd.
  • More info: Bad weather will move the event to the Cumming Fairgrounds’ covered arena

Flags are donated by family members of deceased U.S. Military veterans, whether they were killed in action, served in times of war, were prisoners of war or served in times of peace — they all earned the honor of a military funeral.

“The most moving part of the event is the Avenue of Flags dedication, where family members of deceased veterans unfurl American flags dedicated in their honor for the first time,” Ledford said. “Every flag that is part of the Avenue of Flags, now more than 230 flags in total, represents at least one veteran who has passed on.”

Speakers will include an invocation by Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and keynote address by Lt. Col. Reed L. Barry, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 121st Infantry, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Georgia Army National Guard.

The Forsyth County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office Honor Guards will be on hand for the presentation of colors and rifle salute, as will the North Georgia Barbershop Wingers and Georgia Safety Pipe and Drum.

“Seeing all of those American flags flying in the breeze is a very beautiful and moving sight,” Ledford said, “and I think everyone at the city of Cumming is proud to be able to honor all of our local veterans and their families through this display every year.”

White doves will be released by Georgia Doves.

In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved to the covered arena at the Cumming Fairgrounds.