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Marine recruits clean memorial for upcoming Veterans Day ceremony

Marine recruits clean the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in preparation for the Veterans Days ceremony set to take place Monday honoring men and women who have served in the armed forces. (Special Photo)

Marine recruits clean the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in preparation for the Veterans Days ceremony set to take place Monday honoring men and women who have served in the armed forces. (Special Photo)

The Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center has been cleaned in preparation for the Veterans Days ceremony set to take place Monday honoring men and women who have served in the armed forces.

On Thursday, a group of future Marine recruits from Parkview, Duluth and Norcross high schools gathered to clean the memorial under the direction of Sgt. Gregory Bell of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command Substation in Duluth.

“We get these kids ready for recruit training not only physically but mentally as well,” Bell said, noting the memorial is a tangible reminder of those who have served before and given their lives in that service.

“What (the students) got out of it, they got a really good understanding that some people paid the ultimate sacrifice before them,” Bell said. “Sometimes military service does come with sacrifice and it makes them proud of the tradition they’re going to be carrying on in the future, which is serving our country.”

Bell also noted the Marine Corps birthday is Sunday. On Nov. 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet, according to military.com. The resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

The Gwinnett County Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center is at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. For more information, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.

Other Veterans Day events will take place around the county. Lilburn will host a recognition ceremony and ice cream social, with a display of patriotic quilts that will be donated to members of the military, at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St. in Lilburn. For more information, visit www.cityoflilburn.com

The city of Loganville has partnered with American Legion Riders Post No. 233 to celebrate veterans at 11 a.m. Monday at Loganville City Hall, 4385 Pecan St. in Loganville. For more information, visit www.loganville-ga.gov.

The city of Lawrenceville will host “A Day of Honor” for veterans with lunch and live music by the Central Gwinnett High School Band and Voices of Gwinnett from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the Lawrenceville Visitor Center, 233 E. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville. For more information, visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, of the 10th District, will host a Veterans’ Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Barrett-Davis-Watson American Legion Post 233 at 4635 Ga. Highway 78 in Loganville. For more information, visit broun.house.gov.