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DAV honors dying veterans with statue

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- It's been almost 8 months since the local Disabled American Veterans chapter in Jonesboro kicked off their statue program for dying veterans.

On Saturday, DAV Chapter 26 presented their 50th statue to a veteran at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House and thanked him for his service. 

It was an honor U.S. Army Veteran Ernest Sharpe did not expect. DAV chapter 26 started the statue program in July of last year as a way to say goodbye to dying veterans.

"We want to give them and their family something to remember them by and thank them for their service," said Commander Billy Cribbs.

Cribbs said this presentation means the world to the veterans and their families.

"We actually had one veteran recently who hadn't spoken or moved since he came in and he gradually brought his arm out and saluted us," Cribbs said. 

He said this program is funded by local businesses and he hopes it will continue to grow.

"They just cant thank us enough and they're proud, so proud to help these guys with what they've done for our country," Cribbs said. "We're so proud we can do that to help these guys who are on their last few days on earth."

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