A group of veterans is taking advantage of the great weather and working to get Friendship Park in Smithfield in shape for the Memorial Day, and they are getting some help from a familiar face and fellow veteran.
Congressman Bill Johnson stopped out to help prepare the grounds and artifacts.
A tank from the late 70s, early 80s was pressure washed and scrubbed down as they get ready to repaint it. Congressman Johnson said it was important for him to be there, not only to help out, but to set an example.
“We need future generations, we need our young people, to understand that freedom is not free, and our men and women in uniform, they are away from their families. They put careers on hold. They put their lives on hold,” said Rep. Johnson.
Johnson himself served 26 and a half years in the Air Force, and also, listened to some concerns this group of vets has including missing medals, paperwork, and long wait times for VA appointments.
This group just completed a memorial wall, the centerpiece for their upcoming service.
“We honor veterans.. there are veterans on the wall from the Revolutionary War up until present day, so people should take advantage and come out and check it out,” said Frank Santa, Jefferson County Veterans Association Commander.
Their Memorial Day service will start at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day.