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Some local boy scouts are getting a jump start on spring cleaning, and it's all in honor of those who served our country.

The Clay District Veterans Memorial has been a staple in Shinnston for many years, and some boy scouts are helping to spruce it up, just in time for spring.

"They gave so much of their life for us. We're just going to give back a little bit of time," said boy scout Drew Mills.

That's exactly what members of Boy Scout Troop 59 from Shinnston did on Tuesday night; the first of many nights they've dedicated to the memorial this season.

"We came out last fall to just do a routine cleanup of the property. We noticed that the walls had some disrepair, and when we talked to the American Legion, we found out that they just didn't really have the personnel resources," said scout master Terry Collins.

So as soon as the weather broke, the boy scouts got right to work.

"[We] picked up as much garbage as we could find, we've swept up some of the loose remnants of winter," said Mills.

Some of that work includes repairing damage to the wall itself.

"Everything on a slope, that's all the plaques that was designed for. There's nothing actually supposed to be on the flat surface of the wall," said Jerry Wilfong, president of the Clay District Veteran Memorial.

So those 2,000 names will each be in one piece.

"We're going to get some of the sealants, and we're gonna put on all of them that we can," said Mills.

The maintenance will continue throughout the year. Collins said it's the least he and his troops can do for our heroes.

"As a veteran, I know what these guys sacrificed. So it's important for these boys to respect and appreciate what those who've come before them have done for them," said Collins.

To learn more about the Clay District Veterans Memorial, visit the city of Shinnston's website.