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Gwinnett Plans Veterans Day Ceremony

Suwanee City Hall will be open during the holiday.

Gwinnett Plans Veterans Day Ceremony

Suwanee City Hall will remain open for Veterans Day on Friday, and Gwinnett County offices will be closed.

Gwinnett County will host the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville. The public is invited to attend this observance to pay tribute to the men and women who have served honorably in the military, during wartime or peacetime, and to memorialize the fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect the United States.

Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, District 1 Gwinnett Commissioner Shirley Lasseter (whose district includes Suwanee) and Gwinnett County Administrator Glenn Stephens will lead this year’s ceremony. The keynote address will be given by retired Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Kaufman, president of Georgia Gwinnett College. U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall also will attend.

Honor guard units from Gwinnett County Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Sheriff’s Departments and the Lawrenceville Police Department will also take part in the event. No new names will be added to the memorial during this year’s ceremony.

The Veterans Day Ceremony will be televised at 7:30 p.m. Friday on TVgwinnett, the county’s local government access cable channel. TVgwinnett programming is also available streaming and on demand at  www.tvgwinnett.com.

The  Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, honors all Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in military or public service. The memorial, erected in 2003, was built with funds from private donations and Gwinnett County government. 

The  Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County is planning a special luncheon and recognition for World War II veterans Friday, Nov. 11, at noon. About 40 veterans and their guests will be honored at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place, 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, in Duluth.

The veterans include members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Corps, and Marines who served in all the major theaters of the war. Several were involved in the D-Day invasion. Their decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit.

The Button Gwinnett Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution will display the colors during the event dressed in Revolutionary War uniforms.

The  Sentinels of Freedom Gwinnett will host a fund-raising dinner to benefit and support disabled veterans in Gwinnett County at the 1818 Club in Duluth. U.S. Army SSgt. Jeremy Wilczek, recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart, will be honored at the event.

A cocktail dinner buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. featuring Woodall (R-GA) as the keynote speaker. Woodall will be introduced by Commissioner Lasseter.

Cost to attend is $50 a person. The 1818 Club is located at 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Sentinels of Freedom Gwinnett in presenting the event. A copy of the invitation is available on the Sentinels of Freedom website by  clicking here.

American Legion Post 251 will celebrate Veterans Day with a flag retirement ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

Trash and recycling pickup will follow its normal schedule. Visit www.gwinnettcounty.com to find hauler's contact information.




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