Forget-me-not sales set for this weekend

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

The flowers are called forget-me-nots and that is exactly the message the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter 51 intends to impart by passing them out.

DAV members will hand out the small flowers during fund drives in Ironton and Coal Grove Friday and Saturday. They hope that when people see the flowers, they are reminded of those who have served their country and then give what they can in their honor.

“Our fallen heroes deserve the best and because of the generosity of the people of our community we are able to give it to them,” DAV chapter 51 Commander Stephen Saunders said.

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DAV members will be at the intersection of Sixth Street and Park Avenue, at Bartram’s grocery store and at Save A Lot grocery store from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and on Marion Pike and at the Ice Creek Bridge in Coal Grove from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will go to fund projects such as the scholarship program at Ohio University Southern, toy and food donations to the City Welfare Mission, programs for hospitalized veterans as well as educational programs. This month, chapter 51 is also making a small improvement in the memorial area on the Lawrence County Courthouse lawn.

“We are asking motorists to use extra caution while going through the intersections where we will be,” Saunders said.

“People also need to pay extra close attention to the lights and to take one last look at them before driving through the intersection. If people don’t wish to give all they need to do is to either keep their windows rolled up or just look straight ahead, but the most important thing to us is for this to be a day with no accidents.”