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How you can celebrate Veterans Day in Cumming this year
Veterans salute as the colors pass by

The Veterans War Memorial in downtown Cumming honors soldiers from many of the United States' overseas conflicts, and this week, local veterans groups will honor those who served in them.

At 11 a.m. on Friday, the memorial will play host to the city of Cumming's Veterans Day ceremony, which is being organized this year by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9143.

Along with the VFW, leaders of other local veterans groups American Legion Post 307 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1030, who rotate hosting the ceremony, will read the names of Forsyth County's World War I service members on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

“We hope to honor any and all veterans of Cumming, Forsyth County, Georgia and the US, with emphasis this year on WWI,” said VFW Post 9143 Commander David Hopkins. "This day was known as Armistice Day until 1954, when it became Veterans Day under President Eisenhower, himself a WWII Veteran."

The event's keynote speaker is Congressman Doug Collins, who represents north Forsyth and northeast Georgia. Collins is a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain and has earned the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was deployed to Iraq's Balad Air Force Base in 2008-09 and has ministered to the military since 2002.

Georgia VFW state commander Charles “Tony” Dobbins and Mayor Troy Brumbalow will address the crowd.
The ceremony will also feature songs from Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth Choir and the Forsyth Central High School Flash of Crimson Band.
North Forsyth High School's Marine Corps JROTC cadets and members of the Forsyth County Fire Department and Forsyth County Sheriff's Office joint honor guard will present national, state and military branch flags.

The Veterans War Memorial is located at 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, near the city police department.