To the editor:
The Veteran's Memorial Celebration had many in attendance which included veterans, families of veterans and persons that love America and love veterans.
The program was supported by many and I would like to identify those that helped. Mayor Susan V. Murray, Lane Ralph, V.F.W. Post 1550 Honor Guard with Commander Steve McMains, A BTRY 2nd Battalion 150th Field Artillery with Staff Sergeant Ben Fox, Jeff Hampton, Tom Powers (fly over) who flew a missing man formation that had an aircraft break away with smoke streaming from it, and the Department of Public Works members as follows, Brad Phillips, Dan Hagan, Harold Barger, Buddy Jones, Mark Dickerson, Doug Sosbe, Rick Long, Matt Jordan, Clint Farris, Barb Flint and Kathy Hawkins.
Others that support the program are Will Neibold who heads the Veteran's Office, Major Steve Fenwick who heads the "Do Crew" of the Putnam County Jail, LT of Taylor Made Awards and The Putnam County Community Foundation who receives my paperwork and records it. All donations to the Veteran Tree Program are 100-percent tax deductible.
The tree package is a donation that is all but a few dollars going to the tree, the marker and the certificate.
Any support that you can give will be going 100 percent to the Veteran's Memorial Tree for a Veteran Program and making Veteran's Memorial Highway a beautiful place for all to remember our Veterans.
The program will always be the first Saturday in May at 10 a.m. I would like for everyone to mark this date and time on their calendar for next year. The Veterans have guaranteed us that we can always meet there on Veteran's Memorial Highway.
Veteran's Memorial Highway is the place where we can feel good about America and feel safe as we are all surrounded by Veterans.
We have 12 applications already for the 2009 planting so please get your Veteran's application in as soon as possible.
Paul E. Wilson,
Dept. of Public Works