A ceremony at the city of Cumming’s Veterans War Memorial 11 a.m. Friday aims to honor local veterans who have served in the country’s armed forces.
American Legion Post 307 Commander Frank Singleton said he appreciates Cumming’s community support for veterans.
“I’ve lived here 20 years and every year it’s as patriotic and as gratifying to be a veteran, to live in Forsyth County as any place,” Singleton said. “It’s a very patriotic, very American community that is really supportive of the veterans’ community, so it’s always a real highlight for the veterans to come out and see the support.”
Singleton said the event’s keynote speaker will be retired Army Col. Larry Mrozinski, “a decorated veteran [who] served in the Middle East.”
Mrozinski is a recipient of The Legion Of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Army Commendation and Achievement medals.
Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Master of Ceremonies Marty Farrell, of the Vietnam Veterans of America, will give the welcome and opening remarks, respectively.
The Veterans Alliance Color Guard will perform a 21-gun salute, ‘Taps’ and retirement of the colors.
The event will also feature patriotic performances from the Forsyth Central High School Flash of Crimson Band, Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth Chorus and Cumming Christian Co-op singers and high school students.
Retired Army Chaplain Charles Weaver, of Cumming’s American Legion Post 307, will give the event’s invocation and benediction.
The Veterans War Memorial is at 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, near the Cumming Police Department.
The event will go on rain or shine and will be moved to the Cumming Fairgrounds’ covered arena if there is inclement weather.