CUMMING, Ga. — With flags, salutes, bagpipes and gun shots, the city of Cumming hosted its Memorial Day celebration in remembrance of Wayne Lindsey, a 20-year war veteran and a 33-year veteran for the city.
“We could have had no better veteran than one of our own who passed away May 4,” said Mayor H. Ford Gravitt. “He was a friend of all.
“Cumming has lost one of our great employees and one of the great veterans who tirelessly worked for the veterans’ causes, especially the wounded,” Gravitt said.
Lindsey began in field communications in the 82nd Airborne Division and earned the Distinguished Trooper award. He was also an ammunition storage specialist and an American Section sergeant.
Lindsey also served Cumming for 33 years as a police chief and officer, and as the director of new development and special projects.
“My dad spent a lot of time here. He was very dedicated to his work, so this is a great honor,” said Lindsey’s daughter, Audrey Bryan. “He would have been very proud. It would mean the world to him. I think our family is very blessed to know that our dad will be remembered this way.”
Lindsey, along with others, had a flag released in honor of his service to his country at the May 24 ceremony held at the War Veterans Memorial in Cumming.
Colors of the flags were presented with the Pledge of Allegiance. Tony Chapman and Ron Turner played “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes and the North Georgia Barbershop Singers performed multiple patriotic songs during the ceremony.
“It’s a solemn occasion, especially for those of us who are sitting here who have survived the war,” said Peter Rodda of Veterans of Foreign War Post 9143. “We think of the comrades who have given their all. They are the ones that we are honoring.”
A rifle salute and the releasing of white doves ended the ceremony.
“We are honoring veterans who have passed away — who are no longer with us,” said Commander Donald Hughes of VFW Post 9143. “This day is for them. We remember all veterans who have served this great nation.”