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Veterans Boulevard

Tattered flags retired with honor

The American Legion Post 55 in Oxford burned more than 25 flags Thursday night during a ceremony to properly dispose of torn or worn-out American flags. (December 12, 2011, Page 1)

Group effort made to bring vets’ home to Oxford

The community worked together to bring the Mississippi State Veterans Home to Oxford in 1996 – four years after the State Veteran’s Affairs Board announced its intent to build three homes around Mississippi. Today, the community’s support of the home is just as important as it was 15 years ago. To help show support of our veterans, the Oxford EAGLE will be running a weekly profile of several veterans living at the home today. (April 18, 2011, Page 1A)

Vets home to start fund drive

A committee has been formed to help the State Veterans Home in Oxford raise $30,000 over the next year. Local fundraisers and projects will be held throughout the year to raise funds that will be used to upgrade medical equipment and make much-needed renovations to the 15-year-old home. (February 24, 2011, Page 1)

Veterans Park closer to fundraising goal

The VFW, American Legion, Order of the Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans have been holding several fundraisers over the past year to raise money toward building the park that will be located on Veterans Boulevard, across from the Veterans State Home. So far, a pavilion with bathrooms has been constructed. The land has been cleared and lights have been installed along with some benches. Fundraising efforts continue with an upcoming Valentine’s Day raffle. (February 3, 2011, Page 2)

Boy Scout builds fence for veterans

John-Ray Sockwell, 16, has spent the past four months building a fence around the new Veteran’s Memorial Park on Veterans Boulevard. The project was part of his efforts to be named an Eagle Scout. (November 8, 2010, Page 1A)

Veterans Memorial Park shapes up

A park is taking shape thanks to the help of the city of Oxford. The Veterans Memorial Park is beginning to take shape as Bennett Construction crews have been placing curbing along the street. The addition of sidewalks next week will make it easier to walk  from the State Veterans Home, past the new park and down the hill to the Veterans Building. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

Veterans Memorial Park pavilion takes shape

Plans to build a Veterans Memorial Park are finally starting to take hold, thanks to the hard work and dedication of local veteran organization members. It’s located on Veteran’s Drive, between South Lamar Boulevard and Highway 7. (March 11, 2010, Page 1A)

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