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Ceremony to highlight Korean War's end.

COLUMN: VETERANS NOTES

The Korean War Veterans Association of Central Massachusetts will conduct a ceremony that will highlight the 54th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. This event will be held at noon Friday at the Korean War Memorial on Foster Street in Worcester.

For more information, call Jim McDonald (800) 343-0939, ext.234.

On Oct. 20, there will be a dedication of the Korean War Memorial, including an 8-foot bronze statue of an American GI and a 4-1/2-foot statue of Korean boy. The statues will represent the relationship between the Korean orphans saved during the war by the GIs.

The American Family Link, along with the city of Leominster, surrounding communities and veterans organizations, will be sending comfort boxes to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Donations can be made before Thursday at Leominster City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster. At 7 p.m. Thursday, the comfort boxes will be assembled at the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St., Leominster. Volunteers are welcome to help prepare the boxes.

Some items of particular interest to the troops are waterproof sunscreen, hand wipes, lip balm, beef jerky, powdered drink mixes, fruit snacks, hard candies, Q-tips, large zip-lock bags, raisins, mixed nuts, peanut butter crackers, tuna fish (in envelopes), cereal bars, sunflower seeds and white socks. Donations will also be accepted on Thursday. Items not accepted include gift-wrapped items (may cause security issues), chocolate (will melt) and baked goods (may spoil).

For more information about this event, call Richard N. Voutour at (978) 534-7538.

The medical van owned by Veterans Hospice Homestead of Fitchburg will stop at three locations this week:

Thursday: Knights of Columbus, 110 S. Main St., Gardner, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday: Quinsigamond Village Community Center, 16 Greenwood St., Worcester, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Chester P. Tuttle American Legion Post 279, 88 Bancroft St., Auburn, noon to 3 p.m.

A nurse will conduct health screenings, including cholesterol and blood glucose levels and hypertension testing, and answer medical questions for veterans enrolled in the VA health care system.

The Veterans Notes column is compiled each week by Sarah E. Sierra of the Telegram & Gazette staff. To submit news items, send e-mail to sasierra@telegram.com or call the T&G City Desk at (508) 793-9245.
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