July 2018

From the unofficial kick off of the summer season during Memorial Day Weekend to the celebration of our nation’s independence each July 4, I have always viewed this time of year with great fondness.

I remember the enjoyment of time off during my younger school days, and a great sense of personal growth landing my first summer job.  Traveling with family over summer vacation to new and interesting places.  Visits with relatives and gatherings with close friends. Now that I am old(er), I enjoy the time I have with my wife and children, and the opportunities we have to create our own summer traditions and memories.

Along the way, with each phase of life, I have also remained keenly aware of the reason these opportunities exist.  At a very young age, my parents instilled in me a sense of patriotism and understanding of the freedoms that our great nation is so privileged to have.

July in particular has always held such special significance for me as it marks the birth of our nation.  It is a month that provides most of us some time to slow down at some point, which allows for reflection on the sacrifice that millions of patriots have made to build and grow our country.

From the men and women in the military and our first responders who work tirelessly to keep us safe, and to our diplomats overseas on the forefront of securing our interests, literally millions have served and continue to do so to keep us strong.

Our nation was built from hard work by people from all backgrounds, and continues to remain a beacon for many around the world in search of a better life.  While similar, and albeit on a much smaller scale, it took a lot of determination and hard work by many to build our great city as well.

We started as individuals with a dream to build something for ourselves, joined together, developed a sense of community, and created a truly exceptional city that has gained an impressive reputation for education, safety, and overall premier residential living.  And much like our nation, we are a community of rich cultural diversity, which I view as one of our greatest strengths.

I am proud of the fact that Johns Creek is a welcoming, safe, and vibrant community that continues to attract like-minded people from all walks of life, who desire more for their family and for themselves.

My hope is that for those who continue to move to our exceptional city, and especially for the younger generations, that they will build great summertime memories much in the way I had an opportunity to do so.  Sharing special moments with friends and family, and taking the time to reflect on and celebrate all that we enjoy as a community and as a nation.

This is just one of many reasons I am so pleased that the City Council added an Independence Day celebration to the city’s event calendar.  Although it is scheduled for July 3 in Newtown Park and a day ahead of the date we recognize our nation’s birth, the atmosphere is still the same.

It’s one more opportunity to come together as a community, enjoy each other’s company, create memories, and remember why this nation was founded and give thanks for the freedoms and lifestyle that we enjoy.