Friends of Veterans

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AT&T Joins in Honoring Duplin County Veterans 

Warsaw, NC- Aug. 25, 2016 — AT&T, a company with a long history of supporting veterans and active-duty personnel, is joining the campaign to preserve the Duplin County Veterans Memorial check-presentation-for-veterans-museumMuseum and its artifacts.

John Lyon, AT&T regional director for external affairs, was joined by state Rep. Jimmy Dixon recently in presenting museum officials with a $1,000 contribution for the ongoing capital campaign to needed repairs.

“Uniforms, weapons and techniques may have changed over the years, but the courage required to leave home and put yourself in harms way has remained constant through the ages,” said Rep. Dixon. “This museum salutes the courage and sacrifice of Duplin’s sons and daughter who have put their lives on the line for America, all too often losing their lives in the process. I am inspired and humbled each time I visit.”

Created in 1996, the museum is located in the restored L.P. Best House, the linchpin of the Warsaw Historic District. The house was built in 1894 and doubles as a period museum and a museum of American military history from the Revolutionary War to the present.

“There has always been tremendous civic pride in those who leave our small town to serve, which is why Warsaw observed its first Veterans’ Day in 1921, before the holiday was formally recognized nationally,” said E.C. Thompson III, president of the museum. “Our mission is to honor the veterans, while preserving and utilizing a building that is well into its second century of life. We greatly appreciate the encouragement and engagement of local leaders like Rep. Dixon, who continually works to support service members.”

The Duplin County Veterans’ Museum is open on Thursday and Friday afternoons and at other times by appointment. It is currently engaged in a capital fund-raising campaign to provide for structural repair, preservation and painting of the facility.

“Support for the U.S. military has long been part of who we are at AT&T,” said Lyon “In this state, we especially understand and appreciate the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve in the armed forces. So we are pleased to have this opportunity to support the Veterans Memorial Museum.”

In 2013, AT&T announced it would hire 10,000 veterans nationwide within the next 5 years, a goal which was met at the end of 2015, well ahead of schedule. In May 2016 the company announced it was doubling that commitment and has pledged to hire an additional 10,000 veterans by 2020.