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Bricks that honor soldiers will be laid around fountain

Residents of McDuffie County are laying bricks to honor family members who have served in the military.

Leadership McDuffie and the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce have started the Saluting Their Soldier project, which allows residents to buy imprinted bricks in honor of their loved ones who have served in the military.

The bricks will be placed around the fountain in the courtyard area of the new city-county government complex.

The bricks are $50 each. Forms are available at the chamber of commerce office on Main Street in downtown Thomson.

Kim Thomas, the office manager for the chamber of commerce, said that seven bricks have been sold so far.

The idea started as a fundraiser for Leadership McDuffie and the chamber. Miriam Smith, who served as the chairwoman of the Class of 2011, had seen similar brick pathways in other places, such as McDuffie Regional Medical Center and the Sea Turtle Education Center at Jekyll Island, Ga.

"We thought it would be a wonderful complement to that beautiful new building," Smith said. "This is a great opportunity for McDuffie County residents to add their own personal touch to the new complex."

McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton took the brick idea a step further, recommending that the project be used to honor local veterans.

"Our community has a rich history of military service," Smith said. "It's such a fitting tribute to those who have served."

The bricks allow for three lines of text, with a limit of 15 spaces per line. The name is located on the first line, while the second line includes the soldier's rank and branch of service. The third line is reserved for the soldier's combat tour of duty. Smith said people should be sure they know their soldier's rank and combat tour of duty before they go to fill out the form.

Smith said it is important for people to get their orders in as soon as possible. She said they will only be doing this once a year.

For more information, call the chamber of commerce at (706) 597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, November 03, 2011

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