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.