Richard Jones with a portion of the nearly 6000-piece Christmas Village
On display at the Limestone Flea Market on Highway 72 in Madison
Veteran Richard Jones and his wife Candy had spent thirty years collecting around 6000 Christmas Village pieces. It was much, much more than an obsession; it was a labor of love. They have put out for display over the years seeking only donations for whatever organization they were supporting. This holiday season will be the second year it is supporting the Forever Young Senior Veterans organization.
Forever Young is an organization that supports senior veterans fulfills wishes such as visiting Pearl Harbor, the D-Day invasion beaches of France, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and the National WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Memorials in Washington, D.C., to name just a few. The organization operates purely on donations. All funds received as donations from the Christmas Village go for this purpose.
This year’s display is bitter-sweet for Mr. Jones. His wife, Candy, sadly passed away last September. “But I felt her presence with me as I set up for this display.” Richard Jones is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a Madison resident, a member of the Forever Young Senior Veterans and the Madison Alabama American Legion Post #229.
The Christmas Village will remain on display on weekends, 9am – 5pm, at the Limestone Flea Market until December 30th so you can still drop by and support the Forever Young Senior Veterans organization. For additional information on Forever Young Senior Veterans, one can go to their national website at http://www.foreveryoungvets.org or the Alabama website http://www.foreveryoungvets.org/alabama or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Madison, Alabama American Legion Post #229 meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Lunar Lodge #918, F&AM of Alabama, 740 Eastview Drive, Madison, Alabama 35758. Interested parties may also inquire by calling 256-258-8534 or emailing Commander@americanlegionpost229.org or Adjutant@americanlegionpost229.org .