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On behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elizabethtown Post 8062, I wish to thank those who contributed toward the Buddy Poppy Campaign that was held on May 24 at the local Tractor Supply and Walmart.


The collected funds will be used to assist veterans and their families in the community, and thank you for caring enough to give. Special thanks to Gary and his staff at the Tractor Supply and to Jeff Fleming and staff at Walmart.

In addition, I would like to extend thanks to VFW Member Bobby Ludlum and his wife, Jackie, who worked so diligently in getting the names of veterans in place for the new monuments (made by Robert Hester of Cape Fear Monuments) at the National Guard Armory. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners headed-up a campaign to collect donations to upgrade the “Walk of Honor” at the Armory and special thanks to Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson for all his efforts on the project as well as the other County Commissioners. The American Legion members, VFW members and National Guard assisted as well, and I am very appreciative of all the efforts and dedication that went into this project.

I invite the public to go to the Armory and visit the “Walk of Honor.” We are now working on getting monuments erected for the Afghanistan, Desert Storm and Iraqi wars and are looking for contributions to make this happen.

Upgrading the “Walk of Honor” was an idea I had, and I am thankful the project became a reality for our community. It is a special way to honor those veterans who have fought for our freedom.

Robert C. Hester

Senior commander

VFW Post 8062

Elizabethtown

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