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Vets dedicate memorial wall

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

One man's vision became a reality May 25 at the dedication ceremony for the Veteran's Wall of Honor at the Salem VFW Post. The event was attended by more than 300.

Post member Gene Maguffee said 505 bricks with the names of veterans etched in them were placed on the wall in memory of those who served their country.

Maguffee said plans are already in the making to expand the wall. He said as soon as another 110 bricks are sold an extension will be added on the north side of the gazebo.

Post members sold an additional 50 bricks at the ceremony and handed out over 100 more applications to interested persons.

The Salem High School Band performed patriotic songs. Maguffee said, "We appreciate the band; they did a real good job."

Maguffee said the long-awaited dream of Wes Doggett and members of the Salem VFW Post 9777 finally became a reality when the last brick was put in place.

But former post member Doggett didn't make it to see his dream come true. Doggett became ill and died before the project got off the ground.

Family members donated $500 to the VFW to help fund the memorial project in his name.

Construction of the wall began in the spring of this year with the first brick purchased for $25 by Maguffee in honor of his brother, Dale Maguffee.

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