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Veterans Day: Ceremony Monday in Cumming
Set for 11 a.m. at War Memorial
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Veterans Day Ceremony

* When: 11 a.m. Monday

* Where: City of Cumming’s Veterans War Memorial, 301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

* Cost: Free

Veterans of every branch of the military will be honored during the city of Cumming’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony.

The event, which typically draws about 500 people, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the city’s Veterans War Memorial, next to the Cumming Police Station.

While the city provides the space and seating for the gathering, the planning of it rotates between the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. VFW Post 9143 takes the lead this year.

The Forsyth Christian Home Educators and Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth are also involved in the planning.

Pam Daugherty, of the home educators group, said the event will feature a welcome from Cumming’s mayor, H. Ford Gravitt, and a keynote address by Command Sgt. Maj. Roy F. Marchant.

Marchant currently serves as leader of the 560thBattle Field Surveillance Brigade, which is headquartered at the National Guard Regional Readiness Center on Aquatic Circle in Cumming.

Marchant enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard in 1989.

Among his commendations are the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf. He also received commendation medals from the Army and Air Force, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq campaign medals, each with two stars.

“We’re honored to have someone as decorated as Command Sgt. Marchant present our keynote address,” Daugherty said.

Among the student groups scheduled to take part are Forsyth Central’s Flash of Crimson Band, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 245, Forsyth Christian Home Educators and Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth.

Other groups participating include the VFW and its auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution, Forsyth Pipes, and the Forsyth County Sheriff and Fire Department Honor Guard.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We welcome the entire community to come out and honor our nation’s heroes along with us,” Daugherty said.