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Lake Alfred honors veterans with new memorial

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Overcast skies and the threat of rain didn't damped the spirits of people in Lake Alfred who turned out for a great cause on Thursday. They put the finishing touches on the town's new Veteran's Memorial at Gardner Park.

Volunteers, city commissioners, city workers, local officials and others all left with dirt their nails after planting hundreds of bushes.

"It's a group effort," Lake Alfred's Mayor, Jack Dearmin told FOX 13.

Most of the bushes and all the pavers were purchased with a $7,000 donation from Home Depot. The donation is part of a program called "Spring into Service." Over a five year period, Home Deport plans to give 80 million dollars to veteran's projects across the country.

Volunteer Judy Schelfo pushed hard to raise the rest of the nearly $40,000 needed to complete the project. TECO donated $2,500. Mizcom, a local spice and condiment company, threw in $10,000.

"Everyone gave freely, as much as they could, and I am very proud of our community," said Schelfo.

The memorial will have an American Flag surrounded by other flags, each one representing a different branch of the service. It will also have a massive sculpture commemorating Iwo Jima during World War II.

The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated next month.

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