Robert Polson, 94, right, was honored Friday at the Laurel Train Depot as the oldest veteran at a special program for those who served in the armed forces. About two dozen veterans received an American flag pin and certificate thanking them for their service, and Polson was given a homemade afghan as a special reward. Retired Lt. Col. Ernest Dixon, who served 22 years as an MP, also earned special recognition for his service and was presented with a red, white and blue quilt. Many attendees lined up to light a candle in memory of a veteran. That display was on a table that was adorned with flags and a photo of fallen soldier Austin Sellers. The Laurel Housing Authority partnered with the Laurel-Jones County Council on Aging, the Board of Supervisors, Deaconness Hospice and other organizations to put on the program. The Laurel High School Culinary Arts students prepared and served a meal after LHS ROTC students presented the colors.

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