October 20, 2014
As a gesture of thanks for American sacrifices in the Korean War, the Republic of Korea is sponsoring the Korean War Monument Plaza for the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk to be unveiled at a Nov. 7 public ceremony.
"We wanted to show our thanks and appreciation for the brave Americans who gave so much to keep the Korean people free," said Dr. Bok-ryeol Rhyou, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta. "This monument is a lasting-way of letting the American people know that their sacrifices on our behalf are not forgotten."
Veterans Memorial Walk logoWayne Kidd, president of the Johns Creek Veterans Association, said the symbolism of the Korean government's gesture is powerful.
"It is certainly a fitting tribute," Kidd said. "An estimated 36,500 Americans died to keep Korea from falling under communist totalitarianism. I can think of no better sponsor for this monument than the Republic of Korea."
The Johns Creek Veterans Association now has sponsorships for eight of its black granite monuments and plans to have all 10 installed in time for its Dedication and Ceremonial Flag Raising on Nov. 7, Kidd said.
The monuments sponsored thus far are:
- World War I: Johns Creek merchants
- World War II: Jimmy Ho
- Korean War: Republic of Korea
- Vietnam War: Cori and John Davenport of Johns Creek
- Gulf War: Andy Fang
- Iraq War: Jay Lin
- Women In Service: Girl Scout Sabrina Yvellez
- Purple Heart Memorial: Col. Rick and Pamela White
- Two monuments have yet to find sponsors: Afghanistan War and POW-MIAs.
The monuments will be unveiled Nov. 7 at the Veterans Memorial Walk Dedication and Flag-Raising Ceremony, which starts at 1 p.m. The ceremony features short addresses, patriotic songs, and the first official raising of the flags for each branch of service.
The 1,800-pound monuments feature engraved photographs and colored service ribbons specific to each conflict. Granite benches are planned for each memorial plaza. Visitors can stop for rest and reflection at a gazebo in the center of the 4-acre Memorial.
Each monument plaza is floored with donated pavers, some of which are engraved with the names of the donor's loved one who served, rank, branch of service and years served. The JCVA is still accepting donations for engraved pavers. No tax money is being used for the project.
For more information about sponsorship and paver opportunities, visit the Johns Creek Veterans Association page
and the JCVA Facebook page