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Dacula is gearing up for Memorial Day

File Photo  Marine Sgt. Joshua R. Barton marches in front of 203 people who represent the fallen heroes of Georgia who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan, honoring the soldiers during 19th annual Dacula Memorial Day parade in downtown Dacula last year.

File Photo Marine Sgt. Joshua R. Barton marches in front of 203 people who represent the fallen heroes of Georgia who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan, honoring the soldiers during 19th annual Dacula Memorial Day parade in downtown Dacula last year.

DACULA -- Per its annual tradition, the city of Dacula has planned a day full of festivities to celebrate and honor veterans on Memorial Day -- like it has for two decades.

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."

On May 27, the city hosts a 1-mile fun run, 5K race (to benefit Dacula High School's Cross Country Team), a Memorial Day Parade and festival. This year's parade theme is "20 Years of Honor and Remembrance," which is presented by the Central Georgia Mounted Color Guard. The grand marshal is a riderless horse to honor all fallen soldiers from all wars who sacrificed their lives for freedom for our country.

Marvin Atherton, the parade founder, will give a speech at 9:30 a.m. and emcee the parade from Fire Station 16 located at 195 Dacula Road in Dacula.

At 10 a.m., the parade begins at Hebron Baptist Church, 202 Hebron Church Road, and proceeds down Dacula Road, turns right on Second Avenue and ends at Dacula High School.

After the parade, the Memorial Day festival lasts until 5 p.m. with vendors, art and food.

For more information about any of the events, visit daculamemorialday.com.