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By Hannah Romero
Staff Writer 

VFW and American Legion raise funds for columbarium


January 27, 2022

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The United Steelworkers union donated $2,000 to the VFW to help with their columbarium project. From left to right: Mark Anderson, head of Steelworkers donations; VFW Commander Jim Shoemaker; VFW member Paul Doty; VFW District Commander Earl McDonald; Steelworkers president Andy Martinez.

When it comes to honoring and serving veterans in the community, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post and American Legion Tom Whitmore 28 continually find ways to rise to the occasion. One of the current ways these organizations are working to honor veterans is by raising funds to put a new columbarium for veterans in Riverview Cemetery.

"On Memorial Day we put out 350 to 400 flags for all our veterans," VFW Commander Jim Shoemaker explained.

While veterans are buried throughout the cemetery, the VFW has a plot in the cemetery which the city donated to the organization in 1931....

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