Veterans Memorial Wall being enlarged

SMITHFIELD – A report on the Veterans Memorial Wall at the Fort Friendship Memorial Museum was given by Charles Greene, one of the volunteer builders, at a recent meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Association at Friendship Park.

Greene reported the wall is being enlarged to accommodate more engraved memorial bricks. There have been 231 bricks ordered to date and enlarging the wall will accommodate about 1,000 more. A memorial emblem will be added in the center of the wall in time for Veterans Day, when a commemorative service will be held, along with the regularly scheduled service.

Bricks can be purchased at $50 each by contacting Tony Phillippi, 1341 county Road 15, Rayland, OH 43943, or calling (740) 733-8484.

Members are planning to purchase and put up a memorial stone at the entrance to Friendship Park with a Veterans Memorial Museum inscription and emblem.

William Smythe, commander, presided over the meeting. He asked members to meet at the memorial museum at 3:30 p.m. Monday for a raising of all the military and a U.S. and POW flags, which will be flown during the Jefferson County Fair slated Tuesday through Aug. 18. Members also will be present at the 5 p.m. opening ceremonies Monday of the fair at the Rozsa Pavilion.