Annual Memorial Day ceremonies are held in Gwinnett County during Memorial Day weekend to mark the patriotic martyrs.
Many families start up their Memorial Day weekend by heating up the grill, heading to the beach, or watching a big blockbuster movie. However, Memorial Day has its name for a reason.
It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards or war monuments and reflecting on the past. Metro Atlanta marks Memorial Day with a plethora of participants this coming Monday.
Gwinnett County’s ceremony, which will be held in Lawrenceville at 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, will be the most solemn ever. This memorial has 13 black granite markers bearing the names of 700 Gwinnett County Fallen Heroes. The event will include the addition of a new name to the memorial---fallen Buford native Kyle Bilbert. The public will be invited to the 15th annual Memorial Day observance to be dedicated to the men and women who have died serving their countries or other countries. The ceremony will include members of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and honor guard units from the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, and the Lawrenceville Police Department.
The City of Suwanee will kick off Memorial Day weekend with a tuneful salute to the troops, featuring a Bluegrass and Bach concert at Town Center Park this Friday. This annual event features members of the Fort Benning Silver Wings team parachuting onto the lawn. Live patriotic bluegrass music and food trucks will be lined up beginning at 7 p.m.
One of the largest events also happens in Roswell. There will be one moment of silence and participants will honor more than one million American soldiers who died in battle as the flag is raised to full staff. The participants will step toward the Roswell Vietnam War Monument, fourteen feet in height and twenty feet across. Fifty faces, cast in bronze, represent American servicemen and women, including Vietnamese civilians. Reflecting on their faces on the timeless sculpture containing a line of emotions, viewers can conjure up the heroes’ supreme sacrifice. That first ceremony in Roswell attracted approximately 1,800 individuals. From that humble beginning, came the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, an event which attracts approximately 6,000-7,000 people throughout Georgia and the southeast.
Do you want to experience Atlanta’s wildest Memorial Day festival tradition on Saturday night? Head to Zoo Atlanta, where 70 beers and wines will be sampled out with live music while participants check out the living animals at the venue. The general admission tickets for the event of Brew at the Zoo are $43 for non-zoo members and $38 for members. Gates open at 5:30 p.m on the 26th of May.
We can’t miss out an opportunity to reflect on the Memorial Day at Stone Mountain Park. The nationally renowned Lasershow Spectacular will showcase pop-eyed blazing bursts nearly 100 feet during the Memorial Day weekend at 9:30 p.m. Some guests may want to hit the park before the sun goes down and check out popular attractions including Summit Skyrid and Geyser Towers. All active and retired military servants with valid ID receive a complimentary Adventure Pass, and immediate family is granted discounted tickets and 20 percent savings on food and merchandise. Don’t forget to remember everyone who has died serving for citizens and nations, at least on this day!
American flags are flowing in the wind on Memorial Day.
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Fireworks at Stone Mountain in Atlanta.