By DOUG NURSE www.ajc.com
Rows of crosses erected Tuesday on a section of Deerfield Road bear silent tribute to Milton's deceased veterans going back to the Civil War.
Each white marker is embossed in black with the name of a veteran and the conflict in which he served.
On Monday, after a brief Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall, the veterans' families will be given American flags. They will march up Deerfield Road about an eighth of a mile and place Old Glory in the top of the cross with their relative's name.
Councilman Bill Lusk came up with the idea for the markers after seeing similar memorials in Duluth.
"This is one of the most important holidays that needs to be recognized by all of us," Lusk said. "The result of their sacrifices allows us to enjoy our freedom. All gave some, some gave all."
Lusk, a Vietnam veteran, paid for the materials, assembled the 44 markers, and erected them. They will stay in place until a week after Memorial Day, he said.
The ceremony on Monday starts at 10 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Nick Snider, founder of the National Museum of Patriotism. He will be joined by the Milton High School choral, the Roswell High School ROTC, and numerous veterans. There will be a roll call of the deceased veterans.