When you imagine a Veterans Memorial, there are a few images that probably come to mind: tranquility, stone monuments and an atmosphere of honor and remembrance.
This experience can be found right here in Johns Creek, Georgia. Founded just two years ago, the Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park was constructed to reflect and pay tribute to those who have given all to protect our families, our homes and our freedom.
More than just a memorial
The memorial is comprised of ten black granite monuments, each representing an individual conflict (beginning with WWI, ending with Afghanistan) or specific classification of those who served (including Women in Service, POW/MIA and Purple Heart Recipients). The paved walkway that connects the monuments is handicap accessible and circles a rustic stone water feature.
When you go, be sure to download the free app (available for iPhone and Android) to get an experience that takes you beyond the granite. Or – if you know when you plan to visit – contact the Johns Creek Veterans Association (JCVA) to request a personal guided tour, which is sure to include personal memories and stories and not leave any eye dry (trust us, we know!).
Veterans Memorial Walk is completely sponsored by the JCVA, an organization that has gone above and beyond to ensure that the entire memorial is funded by donations, including everything from the bricks and benches to the entrance plaza and gazebo. It’s truly a place that was constructed and is treasured by the local community.
The Wall That Heals
The JCVA has also recently been selected to host The Wall That Heals – a traveling Veterans Memorial replica – March 30th through April 2nd, 2017. The Wall features a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial found in Washington, D.C. Visitors can also view the mobile education center, filled with photos, letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C. Find out more about The Wall That Heals here. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the official location – you will not want to miss it!