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      Veteran memorial sends an important message

      There's a special monument in a Pike County town that has important history.

      To realize what it is, American Legion member Albert Berry said that ll you have to do is read the names.

      "It was recognizing the fact that right here in Pike County, we have outstanding citizens, who are also veterans," Berry said.

      The more than 600 names represent men and women from the area who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Berry and other county residents attended a dedication ceremony Saturday .

      "We have seen in the past decade a decline in American citizenship, American pride, American morals, and the village of Perry would like to see some of our ancient traditions, rights, carried forward so this is one step that we hope that we can achieve for the American people, that we are citizens united, even though we're veterans, we are still united." Berry said.

      Some of the names on the memorial date back to the Revolutionary War.

      The money for the memorial was left by late resident Floyd "Stub" Smith.

      "He was quite a gentleman, he died I think at 93, he did a lot for the community, and everyone in it knew him," Perry resident Rex Olson said.

      "Stub was a very personable person, he enjoyed people. And even though he was not a veteran, he enjoyed being in a community that had a lot of outstanding veterans," Berry said.

      If you know of a veteran's name that could be included on the memorial, you're asked to contact the Village Board in Perry.