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War, military photos have place of honor

Residents can contribute images of loved ones to the ''Wall of Honor'' at Chasco Fiesta.

By MELIA BOWIE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 21, 2003

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Chasco Fiesta organizers are erecting a "Wall of Honor" at the event so residents with loved ones at war or in the military have a place to share their photos with the community.

The images will be placed on a 4-by-8-foot board near the fiesta information booth at the Bank Street entrance to Sims Park.

"The most important thing we can do as Americans is keep our prayers and thoughts for those in service in front of us," said county Commissioner Peter Altman, who serves on Chasco's steering committee.

For residents who do not know someone in the armed forces "it gives us the chance to see the faces of those who are already heroes," he said.

Photos should be placed in a clear plastic sleeve with a return address or contact number on the back if residents want the pictures returned. Organizers recommend 4-by-6-inch photographs but will not disallow others. A paper identifying the person in the photo by name, unit, branch and hometown is encouraged, as are messages.

Ridgewood High School also will have a small wall for alumni serving in the war.

The "Wall of Honor" will remain throughout Chasco.

"There will be a place in the park for every photo," Altman said. "We're really holding up the folks who are in harm's way now."

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