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Veterans Monument Dedication Ceremony, Saturday, June 15

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Join us for a dedication of the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. This is an exciting time for our city as the Veterans Monument board, volunteers, donors, dignitaries and veterans will all be on hand to celebrate this special occasion. The program includes music by the 116th Army Band Georgia Army National Guard, posting of colors, keynote address and the unveiling of the monument sculptures.

The Veterans Monument is located on the city’s new Town Center in a prominent place on the Town Green. The Monument has been designed to be a serene and dignified place where individuals may come and reflect – and where veterans, schools and civic organizations may hold ceremonies and educational opportunities. 

The Monument is a 2,500 square-foot plaza that features a central pillar with an eagle atop the globe which represents the presence of the U.S. Armed forces across the world, and six sculptures representing each of the Armed Forces and the Federal Military Reserve components. 

The monument honors all military veterans past, present and future for their service to the United States of America and its citizens and to the preservation of freedom throughout the world. 

The Program

  • 09:58: Master of Ceremonies announces arrival of Color Guard, Knights of Columbus and Cub Scout Pack 575
  • 10:00: Welcome and Introduction of Guests
  • 10:05: National anthem, followed by Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation – Pastor John Purrington
  • 10:10: Posting of Colors
  • 10:15: Remarks by Mayor Mike Mason
  • 10:25: Remarks by Colonel Bob Ballagh, USA Retired
  • 10:35: Unveiling of Sculptures
  • 10:45: Guest Speaker – Major General Ron Johnson, USA Retired
  • 10:55: Presentation of Flagpole and Kiosk Keys to Mayor Mason
  • 11:00: Final Remarks and Thank You’s
  • 11:05: Benediction – Pastor John Purrington
  • 11:10: Retirement of Colors and Exit Music

 Participants in the Ceremony:

  • Colonel Doug Heckman, USA Retired Master of Ceremonies
  • 116th Army Band, Georgia Army National Guard
  • Air Force Reserve Color Guard
  • Fr. Charles J. Watters, Assembly 2668 Knights of Columbus
  • Cub Scout Pack 575
  • Georgia Patriot Guard Riders
  • Pastor John Purrington, Simpsonwood United Methodist Church
  • Mayor Mike Mason, City of Peachtree Corners
  • Colonel Bob Ballagh, USA Retired, Executive Director, Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association
  • Chad Fisher, Sculptor
  • Volunteers of the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association

For more information on the monument, please visit the Peachree Corners Veterans Monument website, www.ptcvets.net. For questions, please contact Bob Ballagh via email at bob.ballagh@comcast.net or by telephone: 678-618-1722.

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Construction on Pedestrian Bridge Underway

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Pedestrian Bridge in Peachtree Corners

The Peachtree Parkway Pedestrian Bridge is now under construction thanks to the recent permit approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Construction is scheduled to continue for the next 14-16 months until completion.

Pedestrian Bridge in Peachtree Corners

It will be a steel, thrust arch bridge connecting the multi-use path on the west side to the east side of State Route 141 that separates the Town Center and Forum developments. The design of the pedestrian bridge is intended to be a tribute to Jones Bridge, which stretched across the Chattahoochee River for decades and served as a namesake for many of the amenities and roads in the Peachtree Corners community.

Concrete barricades have been installed along northbound and southbound Peachtree Parkway that provides protection between the construction work zone and vehicular traffic. Lane closures or traffic interruptions are not anticipated, but any construction activities that require impact to the vehicular lanes will be kept to a minimum during off-peak hours only, and no permanent or long-term lane closures will be involved.

Initial construction for this project will involve driving piles for the foundation of the structural towers on each side of the bridge. The structure itself is being manufactured now and it will be delivered and installed in Spring 2020.

The installation process will require lane closures over a weekend, and information on that process and plans for detours will be disseminated as that information is finalized and the calendar approaches the scheduled dates for the work.

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Volunteers Needed at County’s America Recycles Day Event

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Help Gwinnett County maintain a sustainable environment by volunteering at the annual America Recycles Day event Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9am to 12pm at Coolray Field.

Gwinnett residents are invited to recycle paper, paint, electronics, tires, clothing, sneakers and ink/toner cartridges. Volunteers ages 14 and up are needed to unload vehicles, break down boxes, distribute recycling information and support other America Recycles Day activities.

The event is rain or shine. Volunteers should register at www.VolunteerGwinnett.net.

For more information, please contact Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful at (770) 822-5187 or email gwinnettcb@gwinnettcb.org.

Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville.

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Prime Lunchtime with Brian Johnson – Olli, Autonomous Vehicles, 5G and Smart City

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Prime Lunchtime with Brian Johnson

On my recent podcast, “Prime Lunchtime with Brian Johnson,” City Manager for the City of Peachtree Corners, we discussed Olli (a 3D printed, self-driving shuttle developed by Local Motors, that made its debut at Technology Park Atlanta), 5G technology, facial and plate recognition systems, and what it means to have privacy in a smart city.

Related links: https://curiositylabptc.com/
https://www.peachtreecornersga.gov/businesses/prototype-prime-startup-incubator/autonomous-vehicle-project
https://www.prototypeprime.com/
https://localmotors.com/meet-olli/

More podcasts and city information can be found at http://livinginpeachtreecorners.com

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