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Memorial Day 2013 events in Gwinnett

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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.

Memorial Day is more than a day off from work -- it honors those who have died in military service throughout U.S. history. This year, Gwinnett County's cities have several events and celebrations starting today to remember the fallen men and women.

-- Compiled by Staff Writer Meghan Kotowski

DACULA

The city of Dacula is throwing its 20th annual Memorial Day bash with festivities from Monday morning until late in the afternoon.

When: Fun run at 8 a.m., 5K at 8:30 a.m., parade at 10 a.m., festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

Where: Downtown Dacula, at the intersection of Harbins Road and Winder Highway

Cost: Free admission, but pay to play

For more information: Visit www.daculamemorialday.com

DULUTH

Duluth's annual Veterans Memorial Service will pay a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of Vietnam.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Duluth Town Green, 3167 Main St., Duluth

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit www.duluthga.net

LAWRENCEVILLE

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.

When: 1 p.m. Monday

Where: The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit www.gwinnettcounty.com

LOGANVILLE

Loganville's 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: Registration starts at 7 a.m. Monday

Where: American Legion Post 233, 4635 Atlanta Highway, Loganville

Cost: $10 per rider, $5 per passenger

For more information: Visit www.rideforamerica.org

NORCROSS

As a Memorial Day tribute, the jazz band from Greater Atlanta Christian School performs a free concert on the lawn. Picnics and blankets encouraged.

When: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday

Where: Thrasher Park, 93 Park Drive, Norcross

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit www.aplacetoimagine.com

SUWANEE

Suwanee kicks off the weekend with parachuters and a free concert performed by college students on the lawn of Town Center Park.

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit www.suwanee.com

STONE MOUNTAIN

Stone Mountain celebrates the military with Lasershow Spectacular, free tickets for military personnel and special patriotic fireworks. The Charlie Daniels Band performs on Sunday.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lasershow at 9:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Concert 7:45 p.m. Sunday

Where: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain

Cost: All active and retired military personnel receive one free Adventure Pass with valid ID. $28 for adults and $22 for children (age 3 to 11), plus $10 parking pass. Concert is free with parking admission.

For more information: Visit festivals.stonemountainpark.com