A new statue to honor veterans in Forsyth County is ready for the public.
The Forsyth County government announced Monday they will hold an unveiling ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, on the grounds of the Forsyth County Courthouse, at 100 E Courthouse Square in Cumming.
The ceremony will “honor our veterans through word, song and the unveiling of a memorial statue,” according to a press release.
The statue depicts an 81-inch-tall American soldier during World War II in era-appropriate equipment holding a soup can and spoon with two European children, a girl and a boy. The work will also feature a cart with “two fragmented wheels and hitch” and a bronze information plague.
Forsyth County Commissioners previously approved a contract in December of 2018 with the county’s development authority and local sculptor Gregory Johnson for $146,000 to create the piece.
Johnson also sculpted the other statues downtown: John Forsyth outside the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office headquarters; Hiram Parks Bell, a Confederate colonel and state and federal lawmaker at Cumming City Hall; Lady Justice outside the Forsyth County Courthouse; and a chicken and young girl at the county administration building.