JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Many subdivision communities have get-togethers around their pools Memorial Day weekend, but one Johns Creek community makes it a tribute to the nation’s veterans.
Ammersee Lakes has for the last four or five years celebrated Memorial Day by making their poolside party a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Wounded Warrior is a nonprofit agency providing assistance to U.S. military personnel returning home from foreign battlefields and their families.
The organization provides outreach education resources and special activities for warriors and their families.
Ammersee Lakes resident Ray Meyer said for the past four years, the Ammersee ROMEO Club (Retired Men Eating Out) has collected gift cards and food baskets from local merchants. At the Memorial Day pool party, around 80 residents would buy tickets and a lucky 30 went home with a prize.
The rest have the good feeling that they are helping Americans who laid their lives on the line for their country and their families.
“The ROMEO group collects the prizes and organizes the raffle each year. Then we set up everything at the pool and clean up when it’s done. Last year we raised $3,100. This year was the best yet. We raised $5,600 this year for Wounded Warrior,” Meyer said.
Wounded Warrior seeks to make each veteran’s re-entry into civilian life as smooth as possible. This includes making sure they get the care they need to maximize their rehabilitation and live active healthy lives.
Wounded Warrior also provides the veterans the opportunity for outings and events that let them receive peer support and professional services to readjust to civilian life.
“We have about 25 in the ROMEO group who put it together. And there were about 82 people at the pool to raise all of this money. I think that was outstanding,” Meyer said. “It’s a great way to celebrate Memorial Day because you are really doing something for our veterans.”