Duluth to honor war veterans

DULUTH - The flags are already waving above crosses lining Duluth's main thoroughfares.

On Memorial Day, those who fought in wars for America will be honored at a ceremony in the city's Town Green.

The city known for its patriotism has declared this Saturday as Gold Star Remembrance Day, with a ceremony set for 11 a.m.

"They come from every walk of life, called up and volunteered from the comforts of their careers to serve and protect our freedoms since the inception of our great country," Mayor Nancy Harris and Bob Witt, commander of the American Legion Post 251 said in a letter about the veterans. The ceremony will especially honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.

In the letter, Harris and Witt point out the significance of the Gold Star banner, which would be displayed in the window of a home of a family who has lost a member while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

"As Americans do their best to support the ongoing war on terror, the Gold Star Service Banner reminds us all, the war touches every neighborhood in our land," the letter said. "We hope you will bring your family and friends as we honor those who have served our country so you and I can enjoy or freedom and liberties."

Officials ask that those who plan to attend call Alisa Williams at 678-475-3506 or e-mail awilliams@duluthga.net.