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Veterans association makes improvements

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Members and friends of the Jefferson County Veterans Association recently spruced up the F-89 Scorpian Korean-era fighter plane and the Honor Wall located in Friendship Park, Smithfield, in honor of the July 4 holiday. The association established and maintains the military park display and Honor Wall, which has 888 names of military service personnel remembered by family and friends of Jefferson County. Association member Tom McCain painted the wing tank of the F-89. Touching up letters on bricks at the Honor Wall are, from left, Pam Berry, Judie Phillippi, JCVA Finance Officer Tony Phillippi and Chris McCain. A future project will involve coating the Honor Wall with a sealer. The association generally meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m., but the next gathering won’t be held until Sept. 2 because of coronavirus safety precautions. It normally holds Memorial and Veterans Day programs, a veterans county breakfast in June and a picnic in July; provides honor guards at veterans funerals; does school programs; and supports community education programs. All honorably discharged military veterans are welcome. For information, call Commander Frank Santa at (740) 769-2622 or Tony Phillippi at (740) 733-4848.

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