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Work will be finished by May 22 ceremony
Room is being made for new flags at the Cumming-Forsyth County Veterans War Memorial. - photo by Jennifer Sami
The Cumming-Forsyth County Veterans War Memorial is undergoing a small makeover this spring.

Minor adjustments are being made to the Castleberry Road site in preparation for the annual Memorial Day ceremony, which honors military personnel who died serving their country.

All work is scheduled to be complete by the event, which is set for 11 a.m. May 22.

Small holes being dug along the memorial’s Avenue of Flags will allow for additional flags. Each year, 10 new flags are dedicated in honor of local veterans.

“We have 151 currently flying,” said Allison Smith, coordinator for the memorial. “We’ve gone as far lengthwise as we can go. We have to go to the right with them, toward Castleberry Road.”

Smith said the memorial could see some other additions in the future, including a Coast Guard pole and a pedestal for an Iraq and Afghanistan memorial.

The city is looking into the logistics of those and other changes. City Administrator Gerald Blackburn said it’s a wait-and-see situation.

“It’s the wrong time for doing that,” he said. “There are several things we’d love to do, but finances are going to direct what we can do.”

The memorial was built through donations from local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, as well as other civic groups.

Because it’s in Cumming, the city keeps up the property. Any expansions would likely also be maintained by the city, Blackburn said.

“What the city would do is get with the VFW and American Legion and different individuals that would want to donate money, in order to get some money together and do the expansion,” he said. “The city would still be able to maintain it."

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