A resolution to designate a hallway at Warren County Administrative Offices after veterans has been approved.
The full Warren County Commission unanimously accepted a resolution to designate the hallway adjacent to the Veterans Service Office as “Veterans Hallway.” The measure passed 23-0. Absent from the meeting was Commissioner Billy Earl Jones.
Building and Grounds Committee chairman Carl E. Bouldin brought the item for consideration after county veterans service officer Ernest Brewington suggested the change be made in an effort to designate a specific area for the pictures.
“We had pictures all over the building,” Brewington said during the committee meeting. “I believe veterans deserve a little bit more, so I’ve gathered them and placed them in the hallway. I’m suggesting the hallway be named Veterans Hallway.”
Brewington spent months organizing the pictures so visitors would have an easier time locating their family member’s picture.
“When I was hired last year, the one complaint I heard routinely was from people who came into the building and couldn’t find a specific picture,” said Brewington. “We have 265 pictures and in order to find a specific one, visitors had to look through them all to find the one they were hunting.”
To fix the problem, Brewington set about organizing the pictures and establishing a log in alphabetical order that visitors can use to find their family member. The number given to the name is clearly indicated by a sticker in bottom left of the picture, and the pictures on the wall are in chronological order. The log is located on a podium in the hallway.
Going a step further, Brewington is systematically designating those veterans that were prisoners of war or missing in action by way of a sticker “POW” or “MIA” in the lower right of their pictures. More stickers are to come, as he would like to recognize those who received a Purple Heart for being wounded or killed while serving their country.
If anyone has a veteran in their family they would like to recognize by having their picture placed on the wall, contact Brewington at 473-6920. The cost for framing is $60 and must be paid by the family making the request. Brewington is attempting to establish a fund to help with that expense. Donations are being accepted.
An official dedication/ ribbon cutting ceremony will be held June 25 at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.