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Veterans Day: War Memorial ceremony honors sacrifice
Hundreds pay respects to country’s veterans


November 13, 2012

Cameron Elzey, of Boy Scouts of America Troop 245, and his troop watch the Veterans Day ceremony.ALDO NAHED.
Jr. Vice Commander of the Northern Georgia American Legion Mac McKinny and Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt.ALDO NAHED.
Pauline McKinny, a historian for the American Legion Auxiliary Post 307, sold red poppies. Red poppies are symbols of veterans who served and died for this country.ALDO NAHED.
Nona Hamilton, an American Legion Auxiliary member, accepts donations for red poppies, a symbol of veterans who served this country.ALDO NAHED.
Forsyth Christian Home Educators students sing "Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones."ALDO NAHED.
CUMMING, Ga. — Surrounded by hundreds of American flags, families and community members honored and celebrated veterans at the annual event held at the city of Cumming Veterans War Memorial Nov. 9.

The event this year was sponsored by American Legion Post 307 in Cumming.

One of the event's planners, Mac McKinny, junior vice commander of the Northern Georgia American Legion, explained that every year the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars switch off on organizing the event.

McKinny said the ceremony is important because it demonstrates that the community has not forgotten its veterans.

"It's a day when we remember the people who sacrificed their lives for this country," McKinny said.

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said veterans give their lives for our country, and it's an honor to host the event for the community.

"We are excited to be a part of it," Gravitt said. "We built the war memorial through public and private donations."

The event featured performances by the Forsyth Christian Home Educators and Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth, as well as the Forsyth Central High band and respects by the North Forsyth High School U.S. Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps; the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Ladies Auxiliary groups of the American Legion and VFW.

Gen. John Hendrix was the event's keynote speaker. City leaders, the Forsyth County Sheriffs and Firemen Joint Honor Guard Rifle Team and Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 245 also showed their respects.