November 04, 2019
The Johns Creek Veterans Association, in conjunction with the City of Johns Creek, has rescheduled the planned “Honoring Our Veterans Ceremony” to March 28, 2020. The celebratory event, originally scheduled to take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Newtown Park, is being rescheduled due to programing and weather concerns which have hindered completion of the memorial’s first phase of construction.
The new date of March 28, 2020 was chosen for the “Honoring Our Veterans Ceremony” and celebration of the grand opening of the Wall That Heals Memorial because of its adjacency to National Vietnam War Veterans Day which occurs annually on March 29th. The date of March 29 was designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day with the signing of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 because on March 29, 1973, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) was disbanded and the last U.S. combat troops departed the Republic of Vietnam.
The Johns Creek Veterans Association and the City of Johns Creek will use the new March 28, 2020 event to showcase local veterans, hear moving stories from guest speakers, and commemorate the official grand opening of the Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The future Wall That Heals memorial will have a permanent home in Johns Creek as part of the Veterans Memorial at Newtown Park. The Wall honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.