Cumming, GA

Seven flags added to tribute during 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony in Cumming

Justine Lookenott

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The Forsyth County Fire and Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard at the 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony(Image by Justine Lookenott)

(Forsyth County, GA) As Americans prepare to celebrate the long holiday weekend with cookouts and trips to the lake or beach, the City of Cumming commemorated those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony was held on May 27 at the City’s Veteran War Memorial.

Surrounded by dozens of billowing American flags, Mayor Troy Brumbalow and Colonel (retired) Dennis Brown provided a welcoming statement and opening remarks.

After a memorial wreath presentation by Susan Hopkins and Linda Jones of the VFW Post 9143 Auxiliary, Pastor Lance Stinespring from Free Chapel gave an invocation before leading the crowd in singing the National Anthem and God Bless America.

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The 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony was held on May 27 at the City’s Veteran War Memorial(Image by Justine Lookenott)

Brigadier General John Gentry Jr. gave the keynote address.

“Memorial Day is a vivid reminder of the price that has been paid for our liberty,” Gentry said. “And it's also an appropriate time to reflect on the burdens shared by those who left behind and the impact that loss has on our families, workplaces and communities. People leave a footprint, their contributions make a difference and their loss leaves an impact.”

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A flag being dedicated to a deceased veteran during the 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony in Cumming(Image by Justine Lookenott)

Avenue of Flags Dedication

Since May of 1995, American flags have been added to the Avenue of Flags along Veterans Memorial Boulevard to honor those who gave their lives for their country. They are donated by the deceased veterans' friends and/or family.

“Some of the flags are for soldiers killed in action,” Brown said. “Some for those who served in times of war, some for prisoners of war and still others who served in times of peace. All of whom are honored with a military funeral at their passing in acknowledgement of their service in the United States of America.”

During the ceremony, seven new flags were added to honor 11 veterans.

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Avenue of Flags 2022 Dedications(Image by the City of Cumming)

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Avenue of Flags 2022 Dedications(Image by the City of Cumming)

Veterans pay tribute

Among those in attendance was Fred Dorazio, who was just 18 years old when he went to fight in World War II. He fought at the Siegfried Line in Germany when he was wounded and stuck behind enemy lines for two nights and three days in freezing weather. He suffered severe frostbite on both feet.

Today, he attended the ceremony with his daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Jim Curry, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

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WWII veteran Fred Dorazio with his daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Jim Curry(Image by Justine Lookenott)

After a rifle salute and the playing of Taps from the Forsyth County Fire and Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard, the event was concluded with a White Dove Release Ceremony, provided by Nancy Kay Duncan of Georgia Doves.

Children from Cub Scout Pack 7153 and American Heritage Girls Troop GA0413 also contributed to the ceremony.

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Girls from American Heritage Girls Troop GA0413 walk next to the Avenue of Flags at the 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony(Image by Justine Lookenott)

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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