“At the moment there’s nothing within the city boundaries that recognizes veterans,” said Gerry Lewis, president of the veterans association.
“It will be a beautiful addition to the park,” he added.
Fundraising efforts officially kicked off in March, said Robby Newton, vice president of the veterans association and committee chairman for the walk. The entire project is estimated to cost about $300,000 and will be funded completely through donations and fundraising efforts.
“There will be no taxpayer monies expended on this project at all,” Newton said.
The Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk will feature a handicap-accessible trail with 10 granite monument plazas along the path.
“You’ll start with World War I and work your way through other conflicts of war up to the current Afghanistan War,” Newton explained.
“Other than the seven most current conflicts, we’re also going to have three additional memorial areas — for Purple Heart recipients, [prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action], and women in service.”
The walk will also include a gazebo, benches and an entrance plaza with a brick sitting wall and flags for each branch of military service.
To raise money for the project, the veterans association is selling personalized brick pavers, to be included along the pathway. Donors can also sponsor main components of the walk, such as benches, flags or the monument plazas.
Newton said the concept for the walk is one not seen much in the Southeast.
“It’s going to be very unique,” he said. “I feel like it’ll be a regional draw. It’s definitely going to be a world-class memorial to all the veterans. I feel really strongly that what we’re creating here is a legacy for the city of Johns Creek itself.”
Newton hopes the project will be completed by Veterans Day 2014.