CLINE: Local events offer chance to recognize veterans

Todd Cline

Todd Cline

It’s tough to do much reflecting in today’s world. We’re always on the go. Always in a rush to get to the next place, the next meeting. Constantly trying to complete the next task. We’re all guilty of it.

But there are days that deserve reflection, no matter what your company calendar or smart phone say. Friday is one of those days.

Veterans deserve our thanks and attention, and on Friday Gwinnett County's Veterans Day Ceremony will help ensure they get it. Held at 11 a.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville, the ceremony will honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces and memoralize those who sacrificed their lives for our country. Local honor guard units from the Gwinnett County Police Department and Fire and Emergency Services will take part, as will units from the Sheriff's Department and and Lawrenceville Police Department. The keynote address will be given by Brigadier General Daniel J. Kaufman, president of Georgia Gwinnett College.

It is a fitting way to honor the men and women who have honored our country with their service. If the ceremony doesn't fit your schedule, try to take a little time out of your hectic day to thank a veteran.------Another chance to honor veterans on Friday is at the Gwinnett Chambers Veterans Day Salute. Presented by The Sentinels of Freedom Gwinnett, the salute will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the 1818 Club. U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is the keynote speaker and SSGT Jeremy Wilczek, recipient of the Purple Heart and U.S. Army Silver Star, will be honored. Cost is $50 for the dinner and program and RSVPs must be received by Thursday.

Email Todd Cline at todd.cline@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Wednesdays.