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CLINE: Duluth best at honoring our veterans

Todd Cline

Todd Cline

I’ve written about it before in this space, but as I drove through Duluth on Sunday and saw all of the flags memorializing soldiers who fought for our country, I said it again, out loud: “This is great.”

The cities in Gwinnett have different strengths, but Duluth gets it right with its salute to the soldiers. Driving down those flag-lined roads, reading the names of those who’ve passed and the wars in which they fought can’t help but put you in a somber, but proud, mood. It reminds me of my hometown, and other small towns like it, which extended the same honor year after year.

Duluth takes pride in recognizing the military, and in addition to displaying the flags the city has declared Saturday Purple Heart Day. Duluth will honor Purple Heart recipients with a commemorative coin during a 6 p.m. ceremony at the Town Green. And the American Legion Riders will perform a salute to fallen heroes as well.

With graduations, state baseball championships and the start of summer vacation, the weekend won’t lack for things to do. But Duluth is hardly alone in honoring our soldiers.

On Friday night, the Daily Post will sponsor the Memorial Day Weekend Concert at Suwanee’s Town Center. The Gwinnett Community Band will perform patriotic songs and, weather permitting, the Silver Wings will parachute into the park.

Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring canned foods, which will then be donated to area food co-ops.

Dacula will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday. This year’s theme is “Land that I love.” The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Dacula road.

A more somber recognition of the holiday will be held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, where the “Fallen Heroes Memorial” will honor Gwinnett residents who died serving their country. The service begins at 1 p.m.

They are all great ways to honor our soldiers. But for me, I look forward to seeing those flags in Duluth again on Sunday, and reflecting on what those men and women did for our country.

Email Todd Cline at todd.cline@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Wednesdays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/toddcline.