JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Veterans Association will be host to its inaugural Memorial Day picnic Saturday, May 25, at Newtown Park.
These vets want an event where people can eat old-fashioned American fare, relax and meet people who made history. Visitors will also get to walk along the future site of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk, a 4-acre section of Newtown Park that will be dedicated to those who have served in American wars since 1900.
Memorial Day is also a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
“We honor the memory of all those who died serving this great country by coming together at the future site of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk. This is going to be as All-American as you can get,” said Gerry Lewis, president of the JCVA. “We’re going to have hotdogs, hamburgers, main street Americans and veterans. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The picnic runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food and drinks will be available on the Park Place patio while supplies last.
Visitors will be able to walk the pathway at Newtown Park where the Memorial Walk will be laid out. The Veterans Memorial Walk, one of the JCVA’s major projects, will offer a quiet, reflective place for people to pause and remember the men and women who have served, and are serving, their country. Construction is tentatively set to begin in July with the opening planned for November 2014.
Picnickers will be able to see samples and order Memorial Walk pavers engraved with the name of family or friends who served, years of service and the emblem of their branch of service or just a patriotic message.
The JCVA will also be displaying recorded histories of some of its members. The association, working with Johns Creek High School, has started the Library of Congress Veterans History Project to capture the histories of veterans in the Johns Creek area, starting with those who served in World War II.
For information about the JCVA or how you can support the Memorial Walk, please go to www.JohnsCreekGa.gov/JCVA.