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Donations turn memorial wall dream into reality

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

One of the former members of Salem's VFW Post 9777, Wes Doggett, had visions of a memorial wall honoring veterans, according to post member Gene Maguffee.But Doggett got sick. He moved to Iowa and died before the project got started.Family members donated $500 to the VFW to help fund a memorial project in his name.Doggett's dream and that of other members of the post will become a reality in the year 2002, Maguffee said.Construction of the Veterans Wall of Honor is scheduled to begin this spring on the grounds of the VFW.Granite bricks can be purchased for the price of $25 each with the name of a military veteran etched in it. The bricks will be placed in the Wall of Honor. This is an opportunity to express appreciation and support for all veterans, Maguffee added. The initial wall will hold 500 bricks, with the ability to expand.He said the Veterans Service Office has predicted they could sell up to 1,500 bricks.The focal point for the memorial wall is a gazebo that an Amish family of four from Strawberry constructed. It took them about two months to complete the work. According to Maguffee, the floor of the gazebo is unique because of the shape, the different patterns and cuts. The lumber was special made in Georgia and is double kiln dried. The post has also applied for and is in the process of getting a surplus Huey helicopter. It will be placed in a separate pad by the flagpole. Hueys were used in Vietnam. Maguffee said they have located one in Georgia and are hoping to have it in about six weeks. Also at the site is a flagpole that was built, erected and donated by Cowart & Son Construction in May of 2001. Ash trees were donated by Wal-Mart. A dedication ceremony was held on Memorial Day 2001 in memory of World War II and General Dwight Eisenhower.For those interested in purchasing a brick, applications are available at the Salem VFW Post 9777 or the Fulton County Veterans Service Office; Gene Maguffee 895-3755; or Dan Crow 895-4939.



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