Celebrate Armed Forces Day 2012 in Gwinnett


File Photo In this 2011 file photo, James Gallogly of the United State Marine Corps walks with the family and friends of the 194 fallen soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan during an event.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Saturday is Armed Forces Day, a national holiday celebrating and remembering those who have fought and continuously fight for our country. In Gwinnett County, there are several events honoring the men and women who serve in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

In the morning, the city of Lawrenceville hosts a breakfast with the veterans at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Local veterans come together to eat a hot meal and share stories with friends and family about their years in the service. Afterwards, there is free live depictions of U.S. military campsites, military vehicles and artillery on display on the lawn of the courthouse. For more information, call 770-822-5450. The courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.

Across the county, the city of Auburn is hosting its own event called "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," a thank you to the Armed Forces. There is a parade that starts at the Old Ingles on Atlanta Highway and ends in the downtown area. This year's grand marshal is CWD Marco, a combat-wounded war canine. Attendees are encouraged to bring American flags to cheer for those in the parade. The day starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Michelle Walker at 770-963-4002, extension 204.

In Duluth, the Southeastern Railroad Museum is giving those in the Armed Forces (active, retired or reserves) free admission throughout the day to learn more about the 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. According to its website, guests can "ride in restored cabooses behind restored antique diesel locomotives, stand next to the massive driving wheels of the locomotive that once pulled passenger trains to Key West on the 'railroad that went to sea,' tour the business car that helped bring the Olympics to Atlanta, pose on the platform of the private car once used by President Warren G. Harding, and see just how green Southern Railway green can be as you walk the length of the diesel-electric locomotive that ran the point on the last Crescent before AMTRAK assumed control of the famous train."

The museum is located at 3595 Buford Highway in Duluth. For more information, visit www.southeasternrailwaymuseum.com.