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Vets collection to honor fallen soldier

Names being collected for veterans' plaques

Joshua Booth. (click for larger version)
November 15, 2011
STURBRIDGE — For Sturbridge veterans and their family members, Veterans Day provides an opportunity to honor those who served and are currently serving their country.

Each person observes the day in a different way, but they are all united by a common bond.

Debra Booth has made several extra efforts to assist veterans, and for the second consecutive year she will collect clothes and other donated items before distributing them to homeless veterans at local shelters. It is especially rewarding for Booth to provide assistance to homeless veterans, as her son, United States Marine Corps First Lt. Joshua Booth, was killed in Hadithah, Iraq in October of 2006.

"Last year, I did not simply drop the donations off at the shelter — I set all of the items out for the veterans to choose what they wanted, what size fit them, and what color they liked," Booth said. "The smiles on their faces warmed my heart and made the holidays particularly special for me."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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