Johns Creek does not have any memorials for its veterans, but that is going to change through a partnership between the Johns Creek Veterans Association and Leadership Johns Creek.
Veterans association president Gerry Lewis made a presentation to city council last week outlining plans for a memorial walk in Newtown Park.
“This is an opportunity to begin building a heritage that is unique to Johns Creek,” Lewis said.
The proposed memorial site is near Park Place and the community garden in Newtown Park. The design would include a brick entrance matching Park Place, black granite memorials for each conflict, personalized brick pavers and flags for each branch of the Armed Forces.
“This area provides a unique opportunity to have a secluded natural spot where we can create a peaceful walkway in the public park itself,” Lewis said.
Leadership Johns Creek will be partnering with the veterans association by providing organization, marketing support and leadership for the project. Seven team members from Leadership Johns Creek have each been assigned tasks for the memorial project.
The veterans association is expecting to break ground for the project on Memorial Day and to complete the project by Veterans Day 2014.
The total project cost estimate is $300,000 with an initial fundraising startup goal of $150,000 to $200,000. Included in this number is a reserve fund for ongoing maintenance. Lewis said this was built in so the memorial would not at any point need taxpayer money for upkeep.
For the past month, the veterans association has been forming a fundraising plan to make the project successful. Fundraising will include reaching out to key individuals and local businesses. One way citizens can participate is by purchasing a brick paver to be placed along the memorial’s walkway in honor of a friend or family member who served in the Armed Forces.
“Fundraising depends on two aspects: Dedicated people on a just cause,” said Johns Creek Veterans Association Community Outreach Chair Wayne Kidd.
City council members gave their initial thumbs up for the project and are moving ahead with fundraising and drafting final drawings.
Information: Johns CreekVets@gmail.com.