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Dacula dedicates park on Memorial Day

DACULA -- As tradition, the city of Dacula is throwing a huge Memorial Day celebration to remember those who have died in our nation's service. On May 28, the city celebrates and honors veterans with a 1-mile fun run, 5K race, a Memorial Day Parade, festival and a park dedication.

The city's mission is "to promote patriotism and encourage area citizens and businesses to participate in a celebration of our country's freedom on Memorial Day by honoring all veterans, living and deceased, who have served their country paying the price of freedom."

The 1-mile fun run starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K takes place at 8:30 a.m. All of the proceeds from the races benefit the Dacula High School cross country team. Afterward, the festival begins with arts, crafts and music.

The highlight of the morning is the 19th annual Memorial Day Parade that starts at 10 a.m. This year's parade theme is "Their Sacrifice, Our Gratitude" and will salute Korean War veterans with Bill Tiller, who served in the U.S. Navy in Korea, as this year's grand marshal.

The parade will begin at Hebron Baptist Church, 202 Hebron Church Road and proceed down Dacula Road, turn right on Second Avenue and end at Dacula High School.

At noon, the Dacula City Council will dedicate its new downtown park, Olde Mill Park at Historic Downtown Dacula, during the Memorial Day festival.

"On May 28, we name this urban space in a way that will honor all our citizens -- past, present and future, and dedicate the new gazebo in remembrance of former Mayor James Williams, the original honoree of the now demolished old gazebo," said Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks on Dacula's website.

For more information, visit www.daculamemorialday.com.