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Service, sacrifice
Moving ceremony honors military
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Jackson Jeter waves his flag and a flag balloon during the Veterans Day program Wednesday morning at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival covered arena. - photo by Emily Saunders
Rain may have changed the location of Cumming’s annual Veterans Day observance, but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of veterans and their families.

“It’s important that the whole nation show our appreciation, especially in a time like this,” said Patti Wykoff, who took her three children to the ceremony.

“It’s important because these men and women sacrificed in a way that we don’t even understand and it’s very important to impart that on our children.”

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt spoke during the event, which moved from the Veterans War Memorial across the street to the covered arena at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The ceremony also featured patriotic songs and stories from Girl Scouts and children with the Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth.

Keynote speaker Eddie Robinson, who served in the Army for 22 years, spoke of the bravery of his fellow veterans.

“These men and women, they are heroes because they are so much more than ordinary people,” he said. “Their courage is far beyond what most of us could ever imagine.”

The event, sponsored by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, also featured “Taps,” a bagpipe performance and a benediction from the group’s chaplain.

Lyndon Lang and Neil Iseli said the event is a nice way to spend time with other veterans in the community.

Lang, who served during Vietnam, said the holiday brings a national sense of unity.

“It’s nice to see the country pulling together and supporting their troops,” he said.