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Team spends 9/11 improving Altoona war monuments

A group of volunteers was hard at work Monday sprucing up monuments on 40th Street as a "thank you" to local veterans. (WJAC)

ALTOONA -- A group of volunteers was hard at work Monday sprucing up monuments on 40th Street as a "thank you" to local veterans.

The Central Pennsylvania National Guard and Veterans Association has been working to maintain all of the monuments in the Blair County area, of which Ken Tedora said there are 32.

Tedora is the association's Veterans Memorial and Monument Committee chairman.

"Some are in fairly good shape and these four monuments we're working on now they were probably the worst of the bunch," he said as he oversaw Monday's project.

He said beginning the work this week on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the 2001 terror attack on the United States, was the perfect coincidence.

"I'll tell you, we're just doing a little thing here compared to what the men and women have been doing for our country. This is our way of showing our thanks to them for what they do for us," Tedora said.

Home Depot granted the project $2,700, and five "Team Depot" volunteers showed up Monday morning with plants, power tools and the willingness to work.

"The Home Depot organization works greatly with veterans and veterans affairs, and any time there is a need in the community and somebody brings that need to us, we try to help facilitate that for us as much as we can," assistant manager Greg Huber said.

Tedora said the committee plans to also work on a statue in Tuckahoe Park that honors John F. Kennedy.

"We could all really use some young blood out here, so if we could get some young members or some young people out here to help us, that would really be great," he said.

To volunteer or make a donation, Tedora said to give him a call at 814 942-5683.

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