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Grassroots project to thank veterans a labor of love

July 2nd, 2011 10:28 am by Carmen Musick

Grassroots project to thank veterans a labor of love

Jeanette Scalf and Sam Jones pose at the Kingsport Veterans Memorial with Stars of Freedom card given to veterans in thanks for their service. Photo by David Grace

Kingsport’s Jeanette Scalf believes that all veterans deserve to be thanked for their selfless service and sacrifices. And, for her, the “blanket” recognition that comes with holidays and ceremonies simply isn’t enough. In fact, it doesn’t even come close.

“Each and every person who has served gave a piece of their soul, and a lot of them are never really thanked,” Scalf said.

“We do different holidays, ceremonies, events, but it really means something different to personally thank them and for them to have a reminder of that gratitude and appreciation — something that is personal, something that is heart-felt.”

So about a year ago, Scalf set out on a mission to find a way to personally thank area veterans.

“Freedom is not free. This isn’t a God-given right. It comes with price and sacrifice,” said Scalf, herself an Army veteran.

“We’ve all heard this, but many don’t truly understand the scars and the selfless service our men and women have endured for freedom, and there’s no better representation of our freedom than the American flag.”

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