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City Releases Special Memorial Day Tribute Video

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Peachtree Corners and the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association will commemorate America’s fallen soldiers this Memorial Day with a special video tribute.

The special video features comments by Mayor Mike Mason and Retired Army Col. Bob Ballagh, a wreath laying by Councilmember Alex Wright, volunteers installing 48 new pavers and concludes with the traditional raising of the flags to full staff at noon.

Please use this link (or see the embedded video below) to view the city’s video tribute as we remember the men and women who died while serving our country.  

The PCVMA would like to thank all who were involved in the making of this year’s video:

  • Mayor Mike Mason, a veteran of the U.S. Navy
  • PCVMA Master of Ceremonies, Retired Army Col. Bob Ballagh
  • Councilmember Alex Wright, a veteran of the U.S. Navy
  • PCVMA Vice President, Retired Army Reserves Col. Doug Heckman
  • PCVMA Committee Member and Retired Navy Commander Tiffany Grave de Peralta
  • Assisting with flag raising PCVMA volunteer David “Doc” Hammer
  • Simpsonwood United Methodist Church Rev. John Purington
  • Bugler, Wesleyan Band Director Jeff Foster
  • Videographer Howell Upchurch, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force
  • Professional Photographer Jason Getz, a Peachtree Corners resident
  • And the volunteers who installed the 48 new brick pavers

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Gwinnett County Celebrates Freedom During Juneteenth Family Day Event

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Gwinnett County and the United Ebony Society are teaming up for a national event right here in Gwinnett County.

The family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration will be held at Rhodes Jordan Park tomorrow, June 19 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The fun event will include historical presentations, performances, music, vendors, games and food trucks.

“We’re excited to partner with the United Ebony Society for this celebration of our vibrantly connected community,” said Gwinnett Community Outreach Director Shaunieka Taylor. “Together, we can commemorate Juneteenth, not just for its impact on the lives of African Americans, but for its indelible mark on American history.”

Juneteenth’s legacy dates back to June 19, 1865. On that day, Union troops marched into Galveston Bay, Texas to announce an executive decree that all those enslaved in Texas were now free.
Rhodes Jordan Park is located at 100 E. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

The Juneteenth Celebration follows a soil collection ceremony hosted by the County, city of Lawrenceville, the Gwinnett Historical Restoration and Preservation Board and the Gwinnett Remembrance Coalition near the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. The ceremony will honor the life of Charles Hale — a black man who in 1911 was kidnapped and lynched by a white mob in downtown Lawrenceville.

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Attend a virtual lawn care and pest management workshop

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Learn to identify causes of common lawn and garden problems along with tactics to address these problems in an environmentally friendly way. A virtual Lawn Care and Pest Management workshop is being held on July 15 at 6 p.m. Register at Gwinnetth2o.com by sending an email with your name, address, and phone number to DWRWorkshops@GwinnettCounty.com; or by calling 678.376.7193

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Memorial Day Services at Town Center [Photos]

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The city commemorated Memorial Day Monday with a ceremony at the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument. Mayor Mike Mason, Bob Ballagh gave remarks, on behalf of Ms. Anne Harris, a Gold Star family member.

Photos courtesy of Ludwig Keck

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