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Town Council Honors Braintree DAV After Highway Re-Dedication

The DAV Memorial Highway is part of a stretch of Granite Street in Braintree.

Members of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Braintree were honored by the earlier this week for getting the DAV Memorial Highway re-dedicated on the exact 50th anniversary of its original dedication.

A new sign was installed on June 24, 2012 on a median near the after William Varroso, commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29, saw that the memorial highway needed some attention and brought Veterans' Agent Richard Walsh in to help as well.

Membership in the local DAV chapter has dropped off from about 2,000 half a century ago to less than 10 members today, Varroso said. Nationally, the non-profit DAV has 1.2 million members, according to the organization's website. It was founded in 1920 and each year represents some 200,000 veterans and their dependents with benefit claims from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

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