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Area veterans’ group moves forward to build new center

By Roger Pugh

The Piedmont Area Veterans Association continues to move forward with the group holding an organizational meeting last week and electing permanent officers.

Gary Layton was elected president of the group, while Kate Kearby will serve as secretary and Leon Meyer is the treasurer.

The group began organizing in 2012 and began work to raise funds and find a location on which to construct a veteran’s center in Piedmont. The planned facility is to provide space to display military memorabilia of local service men

and women and among other things, will provide space to offer services for local vets, including a designated area for counseling.

After getting off to a good start raising much of the needed funds to begin construction, and having a tract of land donated on which to build the facility, the organization decided to regroup after encountering problems getting the donated site approved by the city to begin construction. Much of the construction work is to be donated.

Some 25 area veterans were in attendance at last week’s organizational meeting, and PAVA officials said the meeting was “very positive.” They noted that a number of the attendees last week were new to the group.

Meyer added that the group received some additional generous donations at the meeting.

“We will definitely be moving forward to get the veteran’s center built,” Meyer said.

It was decided the group will have a parade entry in Piedmont’s July Fourth celebration and will possibly set up a food booth during the event.

The next meeting of the group is set for the first Thursday in May.

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