JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Veterans Association held a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 9 at Newtown Park for the Veterans Memorial Walk. The monument will be a meditative park dedicated to area veterans, their families and supporters. Organizers hope it will be finished in time for Veterans Day 2014.
Located on 4 acres just south of Park Place – the city's active adult senior center at Newtown Park – the memorial walk will include a handicap-accessible, landscaped trail with black granite memorials for each major conflict dating from World War I.
The memorials will be simply designed with the name and years of the conflict and its campaign service medal affixed. At the entrance plaza will be a brick sitting wall and flags for each branch of service. A gazebo will rest in the midst of the walking paths.
Donations for the walkway, monuments, park benches, entrance plaza and gazebo will be accepted by engraved pavers for the project. The engraved pavers will be located near the monuments.
"The memorial would offer a contemplative place for people to pause and remember the men and women who served their country," said Johns Creek Veterans Association President Gerry Lewis. "Currently, there is no memorial to our veterans in Johns Creek."
This will give Johns Creek veterans and their families a local place to reflect on the service and sacrifice of America's men and women in uniform, he said.
"It is not a place to celebrate war, but to provide our residents a place to honor the legacy of those who served and those serving," he said.