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
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'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
For more information: Visit www.duluthga.net
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
For more information: Visit www.gwinnettcounty.com
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
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
For more information: Visit www.aplacetoimagine.com
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
For more information: Visit www.suwanee.com
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