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Parkersburg memorial repaired brick by brick

Parkersburg News and Sentinel photo by Evan Bevins A volunteer works to repair damaged bricks Thursday at the Stepping Stones of Honor Veterans Memorial at Parkersburg City Park.
Parkersburg News and Sentinel photo by Evan Bevins
A volunteer works to repair damaged bricks Thursday at the Stepping Stones of Honor Veterans Memorial at Parkersburg City Park.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – About half a dozen volunteers crawled over the Stepping Stones of Honor Veterans Memorial at City Park Thursday, replacing damaged sections brick by brick.

It was the second work session since damage apparently caused by skateboards, bicycles and other wear and tear was reported at the memorial earlier this month. Black marks attributed to wheels marred some of the bricks, while others engraved with the names of veterans had chips and cracks on them.

“It needs to be done, and as a veteran, I look forward to honoring the veterans, and I do what I can,” said Vienna Lions Club member Bill Ruggieri as he chipped away at a scuffed brick.

Angela Shoemaker, projects and events coordinator for the Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg, said it’s estimated that replacing the damaged bricks – including more than 100 engraved ones – will cost about $2,000…

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