July 01, 2014
July 4 is the deadline for donating an engraved brick paver
in time for the ceremonial grand opening of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk, scheduled for Veterans Day weekend in November.
The pavers will be placed at 10 plazas spaced around the Veterans Memorial Walk, one for each conflict dating from World War I. The pavers come in two sizes: 4 inches by 8 inches, which can accommodate three lines of 18 characters each, for $50; and 8 inches by 8 inches, which can handle five lines and the military branch seal for $100.
"Pavers are a way to memorialize the contribution of a loved one who served," said Wayne Kidd, president of the Johns Creek Veterans Association, which is spearheading the Veterans Memorial Walk. "And by placing their paver in the appropriate plaza – Vietnam vets in the Vietnam War plaza, Korean vets in the Korea War plaza – it puts their contribution in a larger context. It's an important way to remember what they did for all of us."
The main entrance of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk is now completed, signaling the conclusion of the first phase of the city's ambitious tribute to the community's military personnel.
Constructed in red brick and concrete, it is flanked by eight flag poles, one for each branch of service and for the city, state, and national flags.
When finished, the Walk will be a serene place to honor veterans and those still serving. Each plaza with feature a highly polished black granite monument, black granite benches and the pavers.
To donate an engraved paver, monument, or bench, visit the Johns Creek Veterans Association page. No tax money is being used for the project.