Gwinnett Celebrates National County Government Month

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Gwinnett County is celebrating National County Government Month throughout the month of April to highlight county govern#ment programs and services. This year”s theme is Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces, and Their Families. Activities are planned to raise awareness of county government and to honor Gwinnett County residents and employees who are veterans or active military.

Gwinnett County will offer free, one-hour tours of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, throughout April from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Residents interested in scheduling a tour should call (770) 822-7180, and groups of 10 or more should call at least 48 hours in advance. Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Gwinnett is also partnering with Soldiers” Angels, a volunteer organization that supports deployed military men and women and their families through a variety of special projects, including a Christmas stocking drive to collect supplies for troops overseas. The greatest need is small hygiene items, so residents are encouraged to donate the following items for Georgia troops overseas: lip balm, individually wrapped toothbrushes and travel-sized hygiene items, including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, dental floss, lotion, hand sanitizer, mouthwash and facial cleanser. Residents can drop these items off at any Gwinnett County Fire Station, the Department of Water Resources Headquarters located at 684 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville or the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Finally, Gwinnett County invites residents to an open house at the Fallen Heroes Memorial on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about the memorial and recognize those who gave their lives as military servicepersons. The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, honors all Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in military or public service. The memorial opened in 2003 and was built with funds from private donations and Gwinnett County government.

National Association of Counties established National County Government Month as a way for counties to raise public awareness and understanding about their roles and responsibilities. More than 1,000 U.S. counties participate each year by hosting a variety of community outreach events and activities.

For more information on the National County Government Month celebration in Gwinnett, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.