Thankfully, there are no new names to be added to the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial this year. There still will be a ceremony on Memorial Day saluting the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect the United States. The ceremony also honors all men and women who have served honorably in the military during wartime and peacetime.
The public is invited to attend the observance at 1 p.m. Monday, May 28. This ceremony will mark the ninth anniversary of the dedication of the memorial, according to an announcement issued by Gwinnett County. Members of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and honor guard units from the Gwinnett Police Department, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, Sheriff's Office, and the Lawrenceville Police Department will take part in the event.
In addition, members from the Fallen Heroes Memorial Advisory Committee will pay tribute to Brigadier Gen. William Kenneth “Coach Mac” McDaniel, former military advisor to the committee and retired principal at North Gwinnett High School, who died on March 7.
Lt. Col. Terry Barron, Regimental Operations Officer for the Georgia National Guard’s Regional Training Institute at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta and mathematics professor at Georgia Gwinnett College, will deliver the keynote address.
Also participating and delivering remarks will be Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, District 1 Commissioner Shirley Lasseter and District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau. U.S. 7th District Congressman Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, will also attend.
The Memorial Day ceremony will be televised at 7:30 p.m. Monday on TVgwinnett, the county’s local government access cable channel. This program and all TVgwinnett programming are also available streaming and on demand at www.tvgwinnett.com.
The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, honors Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in military or public service. The idea for the memorial was conceived by Buford residents Ron and Carolyn Buice, who lost three friends in Vietnam. The memorial opened in 2003 and was built with funds from private donations and Gwinnett County government.