Pictured from left to right: Ron Chaney, Raymond Adams, Barry Bates, Dasia Meador, Kim McDonalds, Jordan Madole, Jonathan Gerrior and Seth Wages.

It started out as a basic picnic table, but was painted red, white, and blue to symbolize the American flag and signed by members of the community to show thanks and support.

Lowe’s set a painted table outside their store for store associates and members of the community to sign, in honor of May as military appreciation month.

Lowe’s donated that table to State of Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Claremore Division, with the help of the Claremore Fire Department on Memorial Day.

“It impacts veterans and shows there’s a lot of people that stand beside them and support their service,” Lowe’s General Manager Dasia Meador said.

This is the second year Lowe’s has donated a table to the hospital. Lowe’s also donated a 50 inch TV.

Monique Dilonardo, Claremore Division Program Administrator, said this donated table is a great opportunity to have the community feel connected to the veterans.

“They signed up in the first place to serve their community,” she said. “That doesn’t end when they’re discharged.”

Raymond Adams served in the Army Infantry. He served one year and one month in Vietnam in 1968.

“I got in more gun fights than I can count,” he said.

Adams served in the first battalion of the 12 infantry and received the Presidential Citation.

Adas said 337 died in his unit.

“If it hadn’t been for this place, I wouldn’t have made it,” he said, referring to the Claremore VA Division.

Two Lowe’s employees helped with the donation.

Veteran Ron Chaney served four years in the Army in Panama.

Veteran Kim McDonalds served four years in the Navy in San Diego, CA.

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