The group started to form when Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. James Livingston, USMC Ret., came to visit and asked veterans to tell their stories.
The veterans association has started an oral history project to record the thoughts and memories of those who served in the military. The group is also looking for veteran outreach and social opportunities.
Community Outreach and Social Chair Stu Streck has already pitched some activities for the group, including volunteering at a race raising money for a fellow veteran and presenting the colors at local high school football games.
“The whole reason that we’re here is for the community,” Streck said.
The by-laws of the organization, although still a work in progress, also reflect this sentiment.
“A further purpose should be to raise awareness within the Johns Creek community to understand and appreciate the contributions veterans have made and continue to make for their community and country,” said Leadership Chair Gerry Lewis as he read from a draft of the by-laws.
The Johns Creek Veterans Association meets at Park Place at Newtown School at 3125 Old Alabama Road. Although it is based at Park Place, the association is run by its members and the city provides logistical support for the group.