Remembering those who served



The city of Cumming honored those who gave their all.

With flags, salutes and releasing of doves, the Memorial Day remembrance ceremony added 11 more veterans to those honored at the May 23 event.

The event was held on the Friday before Memorial Day to allow families to spend time together, Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said.

The Forsyth County Fire and Sheriff’s Office Honor Guards presented the colors and a rifle salute.

The solemn event’s Avenue of Flags displayed more than 200 flags representing veterans from the Forsyth County community. The keynote speaker was Col. Raymond Bossert Jr.

The 11 deceased veterans were:

Air Force

Gene Amber Bagwell

John Lawrence Merritt


William Everett Bennett

Billy Charles Cowart

Johnny Clay Cowart

Elmer Jewell Dodd

Charles L. Gravitt

Landrum Thomas Martin


George Winton Bagwell

Benjamin Franklin Heald

Ivan Lamar Orr

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