Funded by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and the Forsyth County Development Authority, the $146,000 monument was sculpted by prolific Cumming-based artist Gregory Johnson. For his research, Johnson gazed at numerous WWII photos of U.S. troops. America lost more than 400,000 servicemembers during the war, including 2,335 in the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A plaque dedicates the monument to all U.S. troops for their “compassion, dedication and selflessness.”
Johnson described the scene he created with his sculptures of the two children approaching the soldier: “You can imagine that you are separated from your parents and you are a little kid. All of a sudden, it gets quiet. You stick your head up and here are these strange soldiers in your presence. But you heard about them. You had heard they had done good things. So you come out.”
Forsyth County’s new memorial honoring U.S. troops will be unveiled during a public ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at 101 East Courthouse Square in Cumming.
Forsyth County on Saturday will unveil a new memorial honoring the humanitarian efforts of U.S. troops. Photo by Gregory Johnson.