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Events around Gwinnett to honor fallen soldiers

Special Photo The city of Dacula is still looking for volunteers to hold the signs of the 203 fallen Georgia soldiers in its annual Memorial Day parade.

Special Photo The city of Dacula is still looking for volunteers to hold the signs of the 203 fallen Georgia soldiers in its annual Memorial Day parade.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Monday is a day to honor and remember those who have served in the military to protect our country and passed away while working in the line of duty. In Gwinnett County, there are several places to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

In Loganville, American Legion Post 233 hosts its annual Ride for America, raising money for the Legacy Fund, providing scholarships for children of fallen soldiers since Sept. 11. When riders return to the lodge, a barbecue lunch is available for $6.50 each plate and includes a drink. The bar will be open for beer and wine at additional cost. Registration for the ride starts at 7 a.m. for $10 per rider and $5 per passenger. For more information, visit www.rideforamerica.org.

In Dacula, the city is throwing its massive Memorial Day celebration starting with a 1-mile fun run, 5K and parade. Dacula is still looking for volunteers to carry the signs of the 203 fallen Georgia soldiers during the parade. For those who would like to participate, arrive at the front covered entrance of the Hebron Baptist Church worship center no later than 9 a.m. Signs will be passed out on first-come, first-served basis. The parade begins at 10 a.m.

During the day, Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and the City Council are dedicating a park at noon and the Memorial Day festival lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.daculamemorialday.com.

Gwinnett County's Memorial Day is at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville to honor the fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation. Members of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, Gwinnett County Fire, Emergency Services and Police Departments, Sheriff's Office and the Lawrenceville Police Department, and members from the Fallen Heroes Memorial Advisory Committee will be present. Ceremony starts at 1 p.m. at the memorial located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

The Gwinnett Braves are also celebrating Memorial Day. The team is playing the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, has a camouflage jersey auction and will end the night with a fireworks display. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field.