SNELLVILLE – The city will honor those who served our country during a Veterans Day celebration Friday.
The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oak Road in front of City Hall.
The Gwinnett Community Band will start playing at 6:15 p.m. Food trucks Mac the Cheese and Atlanta Burger will be on site selling food and beverages.
Mayor Tom Witts, a U.S. Navy Vietnam combat veteran, will be the master of ceremonies for the program.
The Button Gwinnett Militia will present and retire the colors and later fire muskets during a 21-gun salute. Witts will recite the “Gettysburg Address” and there will be a candlelight vigil during a performance of “Taps” by a Gwinnett Community Band bugler. Forever In Ministry will take the stage and sing “America the Beautiful” and the Gwinnett Community Band will play the “Armed Forces Salute.”
Lighted balloons will be released during the grand finale balloon launch and will be for sale from 5 to 7 p.m. near the Veterans Memorial in front of City Hall. Car flags and United We Stand paper weights to benefit the Veterans Memorial will also be on sale.
The Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia will have a tent set up with a colonial display and information for children on how to make corn husk dolls and corn cob darts. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Blue Rose Media, Army Navy Outfitters, Brookwood High School DECA selling Wounded Warrior Shirts will all be on site.