BETHANY - The Bethany Woman's Club and town officials are inviting area residents to join them in dedicating the town's new monument to veterans.
Helen Moren, president of the club and a Bethany councilwoman, said the dedication will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the 4-by-5-foot stone monument, which has been established near Bethany Park at the end of Church Street.
Moren said the dedication will involve a program with veterans being recognized for their service. She asks any veterans planning to attend to call her at (304) 829-4706 so the club can properly recognize them.
The club, which is an affiliate of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs - West Virginia, has been working for the last few years to raise funds for the monument and has plans to add a flag pole, bench and flowers to the site.
Moren said Ruth Tye and other members have planted flowers along Main Street for many years and would be recruited to beautify the site.
Donations for the project sought through letters sent to local residents, business owners and organizations yielded more than $1,000. State Sen. Jack Yost, D-Wellsburg, also provided a boost by securing a $4,000 Governor's Community Participation grant.
Moren expressed appreciation to the many individuals and groups, in and outside Bethany, who have supported the cause.
Under the leadership of Moren, past President Sydma Hatzopolous and others, the Bethany Woman's Club has undertaken various projects to show support to veterans and military serving abroad.
The club regularly collects personal hygiene and other items for care packages sent to servicemen and women overseas by Boatsie's Boxes, a Wheeling-based charity.
Members also have created quilts and filled Christmas stockings for the service members and placed U.S. flags on the lawns of veterans living in Bethany.
Moren said the town had a veterans monument near its former post office on Main Street but it has been missing for many years.
The club wanted to establish a physical reminder of the community's appreciation to all men and women who served their country, particularly at wartime, she said.
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