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Johns Creek celebrates Memorial Walk

Robby Newton, the parks manager and Memorial Park chairman, stands in front of an old pre-1960 flag containing only 48 stars. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

Volunteer coordinator Maggie Barker stands with John Timpe and Dale Greene, both of whom are founding members of the Johns Creek Veterans Association. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

Wayne Kidd, Ed Nolan, Bruce Snyder and Jack Carter comprise the Johns Creek Veterans Association color guard and are on hand to kick off the event at the quick time JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)
May 28, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. Johns Creek conducted its first Memorial Day picnic May 25 at Newtown Park.

The event's hosts were the members of the Johns Creek Veterans Association, who organized the picnic to honor the men and women who have served in the armed services and to publicize the creation of the Johns Creek Memorial Walk.

The city has set aside 4 acres in Newtown Park for a memorial to honor all of those who have served. The money will be raised from private donations by the Johns Creek Veterans Association.

The color guard opened the memorial service and the crowd joined in the national anthem.

"We are who our heroes are, and we are in debt to them," said City Manager John Kachmar. "We can pay off that debt by never forgetting about all that they have done, and that's what this memorial is about."

When asked about his thoughts on the building of the memorial, Kachmar said, "It's going to be great. It gives a city history."

Mayor Mike Bodker thanked veterans in attendance for their service and to the volunteers for organizing the event. Everyone was treated with an all-American barbecue that included hot dogs, burgers, baked beans and potato salad.

The JC Veterans Association meets in Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

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