By John Schaffner

Congratulations to Sandy Springs on holding a successful Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11.

You successfully joined the ranks of those communities in the metro Atlanta area who believe it is not only worthwhile, but a duty, to honor those who have served our country in uniform at home and abroad.

I have to praise the city leaders—and especially City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny who proposed the city observance—for recognizing that this community is honored to have many, many men and women who served and sacrificed for all of us.

I am compelled to offer this praise to the city leaders at this time, because in a time past—and connected to another national patriotic holiday—I criticized the leaders of Sandy Springs for not having the foresight to hold such a ceremony.

Above, from left, Sgt. 1st Class William Bell, 1st Lt. Najeeb Muhaimin, Chief Warrant Officer Jeff Adamson and Capt. Louis Williams all were honored for their service in Afghanistan. They are all members of the 48th Infantry Brigade, Georgia National Guard.

Councilwoman McEnerny initiated the plans for the Veterans Day observance, but she was quick to say that there was 100 percent support from everyone—the mayor and all council members—once she proposed the idea.

McEnerny said she was pleased with the first year of the observance—especially the military component, which she labeled as “outstanding.” She said the people who attended—which she estimated at about 200-250—were really engaged in the program and she felt the location for the event was ideal.

This day and this event also honored several city of Sandy Springs elected officials and staff who were listed among some 140 on a sheet in the event program.

Those included City Councilman John Paulson, City Manager John McDonough and City Attorney Wendell Willard representing the U.S. Marine Corps; City Councilman Tibby DeJulio, Public Works Director Thomas Black and Public Works Deputy Director Jon Drysdale representing the U.S. Army, and Fire Chief Jack McElfish representing the U.S. Air Force.

To these and others that I may have failed to mention by name, this had to be a special Sandy Springs moment. We hope so and we thank them all for their service to the city and to our country. We hope to see you again next year and an even bigger ceremony, and maybe on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, too.