Woodmen honor U.S. veterans

William Bailey isn't sure when the original Augusta veterans monument was dedicated on Greene Street, but he knows it's time for a new one.

On Thursday, members and leaders of Woodmen of the World, a fraternal organization that provides financial services and encourages community service from its members, unveiled an updated monument to veterans of all American wars near the corner of Greene and 11th streets.

The group is holding its Georgia Jurisdictional Convention in Augusta at the Marriott Hotel and Suites through Sunday and typically performs an act to improve the community it is visiting, said Mr. Bailey, who is the fraternal coordinator for the Woodmen's central Georgia district.

"Since we were holding the Georgia Jurisdictional Meeting in Augusta, we felt it was time to update that," he said.

The original monument was placed by the Woodmen's former Richmond County lodge, which later merged with the Martinez lodge, and honors Augusta veterans up to World War II.

Pat Dees, the state manager for the southern district, said that a monument to veterans signifies the essence of the Woodmen's mission statement of improving the community.

"There is no greater way to do that than to honor our veterans," Mr. Dees said.

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