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Veterans annex to be discussed at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8

By Roger Pugh

Those interested in the possibility of erecting a Veteran’s Annex are reminded a meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8 at in the Piedmont Historical Society Annex to determine interest in the project and discuss ways to achieve the goal.

The proposed facility, envisioned to be a 30 foot by 40 foot structure, would be built just northwest of the existing Historical Society Annex Building on Jackson Street, said Piedmont veteran and Realtor Leon Meyer, who is helping organize the meeting.

Meyer said the building would be used to house donated or loaned military memorabilia of service veterans who reside in Piedmont and the surrounding area.

All Piedmont and local area veterans and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend the meeting. Meyer said former city councilman and local businessman Buel Hoar originally proposed the idea for the building.

He said discussions later began with officials of the Historical society and that organization is on board with the plan, and Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby has endorsed the idea.

Cost of construction for the building would come from charitable donations. Meyer said some of those in the local construction community have indicated they would help on the project to keep costs at a minimum.
A number of local construction personnel stepped up to help build the Historical Society Annex building to keep down costs to erect that facility.

“We’ve been discussing this for about six months,” Meyer said. “Now, we want to float the idea to see if there is enough support from area veterans and other interested citizens to get it off the ground, he added.

Questions concerning the Oct. 8 meeting can be directed to John Bickerstaff at 373-1424 or Meyer at 373-4820.

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