If you’re going
* What: City of Cumming Memorial Day ceremony
* When: 11 a.m. Friday
* Where: Veterans War Memorial, 301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
* Cost: Free; everyone is welcome
CUMMING — The city of Cumming will continue to hold its longstanding Memorial Day event at 11 a.m. Friday.
As in years past, officials will welcome the public to the ceremony, in which 11 deceased veterans will be honored during the Avenue of Flags dedication.
Each year, 10 new flags are added to the display of American flags, which fly during the city’s Memorial Day and Labor Day events.
“We currently have 211 flags, including the new ones being added for 2014,” said Alison Smith, a city employee who helps organize the event.
“These flags draw families back to the memorial each year.”
Smith said besides families dedicating flags to their loved ones, the event typically draws as many as 800 spectators.
The event is held the Friday prior to Memorial Day to allow families time to take part in other celebrations over the three-day weekend.
The event will also include addresses from Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and the keynote speaker, Col. Raymond Bossert Jr.
Members of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters will also take part.
Bossert, with more than 29 years of military experience as an enlisted man and officer, currently serves as the brigade commander for the 560thBattlefield Surveillance Brigade.
His current active duty position is the deputy engineer for central command, responsible for more than 10,000 military and civilian engineers.
Other participants in the program will include the Forsyth County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, Georgia Safety Pipe and Drum, and the North Georgia Barbershop Singers. The event will conclude with a dove release.
Smith said the event is always meaningful.
“For anyone who has never joined us for the ceremony, it is a very touching reminder of how many of our local veterans have made sacrifices for our nation and a way to honor those sacrifices,” she said.