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Local Veterans park gets donations for upkeep

Updated: Thursday, December 5 2013, 12:53 PM EST

By:  Jennifer Black


Heavy rain that fell over Weirton Thursday morning is cause for concern at the Brooke and Hancock County Veterans Memorial Park, but with the rain, donations are also flooding in to help with park upkeep.

It is hard to miss the Vietnam-era plane as you pull into Weirton.  The symbol of military service is one Park President George Ash intends to keep in place.

“Every year we have to take pictures and sign contracts for that plane to stay here, and it has to be in great repair.  If it's not, then we have to ship it back [to Columbus],” Ash said.

Thanks to a recent donation from the Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, Ash says they will be able to paint the plane this spring.

Meanwhile, in recent weeks more than 30 bricks donning the names of local veterans have had to be replaced.

“Because of the shifting of the ground, the bricks broke,” Ash said.

This spring the 336th Engineer Army Reserve Company will donate labor if the park provides materials to install a new drainage system at the park.

Last month Hancock Savings Bank donated $1,000 so the park can replace the flags twice a year.

On Wednesday Beverly and George Livingston donated $500 to the park.  Weirton City Council recently donated $2,500.

“Every time you look around someone is saying to me, 'What we can do to help?'” Ash said.

Ash said it takes about $3,500 a year to maintain the park.

Local Veterans park gets donations for upkeep

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