Memorial Day


Today, Memorial Day, is the day we take time out to honor and remember those who died in wars serving our country.  Families remember their fallen loved ones and veterans remember their fellow soldiers who did not return home alive.

Memorial Day has its roots in the civil war and started out as “Decoration Day” and was a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. May 30 was selected because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. Congress made it an official holiday in 1971 with the National Holiday Act and it was expanded to include all who died in our nation’s wars.

Let us remember our departed veterans in our thoughts and prayers and let’s work to ensure that America’s freedoms and blessings are available to all Americans.


Jim Shealey
Gwinnett Democratic Party

Herb Green Picnic

Our annual Herb Green picnic was a smashing success last Saturday.  It was well attended, the food was great and Leader Stacey Abrams and Chairman Dubose Porter joined us as speakers.  Also in attendance was our Democratic delegation from the Gold Dome –  Senator Steven Henson, Senator Curt Thompson, Senator Vincent Fort,  Rep. Dewey McClain, Rep Hugh Floyd, Rep.  Pedro Marin , Rep. Karen Bennett and a huge crowd of wonderful Democrats!

We want to also extend a huge thank you to our organizers, Claudette Forbes, Cheryl Williams and George Williams and all those who came early to setup and stayed afterwards to clean up.



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The annual Herb Green Picnic
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Holiday Greetings and News

Message from the Chairman

Hello Fellow Gwinnett Democrats!

Last Tuesday evening we had a great election process to elect our Officers and Executive Committee members for the new term.   I was so excited to see a packed room and a lot of new people on the Executive Committee.

Congratulations to all the newly elected members of the Executive Committee and  to those who were reelected to  the committee and those who were reelected as officers.  We want to welcome our two new officers, Penny Bernath, our new First Vice Chair and Gabe Okoye, our new Vice Chair for candidate recruitment.   We want to give a special thanks to our outgoing First Vice Chair, Cheryl Williams, for all her dedication and hard work over the years.  We look forward to Cheryl’s continued contributions to the Gwinnett Democratic Party as an Executive Committee member.  We also want to thank Steffini Bethea for her contributions to the Gwinnett Democratic Party over the years, as a Georgia House Candidate, First Vice Chair, Vice Chair for Candidate recruitment and Executive Committee member.  We look forward to her continued participation in the party.

Our breakfasts and business meetings will resume in January 2015.  Until then, the Gwinnett Democratic Party wishes everybody a safe , happy holiday season and a joyous New Year.    On to the New Year 2015!

Jim Shealey
Gwinnett County Democratic Party

MLK Birthday

i have a dream

On Monday January 21, 2013 we not only celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but we remember the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King probably could not have imagined having an African American President when he gave the famous speech in 1963. How could he when the United States was a segregated society at that time?  Yet, Dr. King dared to dream about a better future for America, one that was free from the injustices of segregation. On Monday, we celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama which is a dream that would not be possible without the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Memorial Day

President Obama’s weekly address –

Memorial Day 2012


This weekend, folks across the country are opening up the pool, firing up the grill, and taking a well-earned moment to relax. But Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend. In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reflection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacrifice their own lives for it.

This Memorial Day, Michelle and I will join Gold Star families, veterans, and their families at Arlington National Cemetery. We’ll pay tribute to patriots of every generation who gave the last full measure of devotion, from Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Later that day, we’ll join Vietnam veterans and their families at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—the Wall. We’ll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. It’s another chance to honor those we lost at places like Hue, Khe Sanh, Danang and Hamburger Hill. And we’ll be calling on you—the American people—to join us in thanking our Vietnam veterans in your communities.

Even as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we reaffirm our commitment to care for those who served alongside them—the veterans who came home. This includes our newest generation of veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us: By making sure that they get the healthcare and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job, and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect.

Our men and women in uniform took an oath to defend our country at all costs, and today, as members of the finest military the world has ever known, they uphold that oath with dignity and courage. As President, I have no higher honor than serving as their Commander-in-Chief. But with that honor comes a solemn responsibility – one that gets driven home every time I sign a condolence letter, or meet a family member whose life has been turned upside down.

No words can ever bring back a loved one who has been lost. No ceremony can do justice to their memory. No honor will ever fill their absence.

But on Memorial Day, we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone. We give thanks for those who sacrificed everything so that we could be free. And we commit ourselves to upholding the ideals for which so many patriots have fought and died.

Thank you, God bless you, and have a wonderful weekend.