From the unofficial kickoff 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 along with 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’m 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, 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 has always held special significance, as it marks the birth of our nation, 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, to our first responders, 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 it continues to remain a beacon for many around the world in search of a better life. While similar, albeit on a much smaller scale, it took a lot of determination and hard work by many to build Johns Creek 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’m proud 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 Johns Creek, and especially for the younger generations, that they will build great summertime memories much in the way I had an opportunity to do, 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 Johns Creek City Council added an Independence Day celebration to the event calendar. It is scheduled for July 3 in Newtown Park, providing one more opportunity to come together as a community, enjoy each other’s company, create memories, remember why this nation was founded, and give thanks for the freedoms and lifestyle we enjoy.