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Veterans museum to host Presidents' Day celebration

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett veterans will honor America's greatest historical leaders Wednesday with a Presidents' Day celebration.

The Gwinnett Veterans Memorial Museum will host the event, which will include the dedication of a replica Revolutionary War uniform worn by George Washington. Several speakers will also discuss Washington's contribution to the founding of the U.S.

This is one of the first major events for the veterans' museum, which had its grand opening in November.

The Presidents' Day celebration will kick off a monthly series of commemorative historical events, according to Gene Bivings, the museum's director.

The Color Guard of the Piedmont and Button Gwinnett chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution will post a set of historical American flags and briefly explain the history of each flag.

"Our first veterans were of the Revolutionary War, and over a hundred patriots of the war have lived in Gwinnett County," said Terry Manning, a prominent member of

the museum and other local veteran groups. "As the museum grows, so will the opportunities for groups such as

the SAR to grow and be

more active in honoring our

veterans."

The Snellville American Legion Post No. 232 and the Gwinnett chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will co-sponsor the Presidents' Day celebration.

The event is free and open to the public. It is expected to last about 45 minutes, starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

For more information about the Gwinnett Veterans Memorial Museum, visit http://vetmemorialmuseum.tripod.com.