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'Chief' Wages honored for historic preservation



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American Legion Post 201 member J.R. Wages was recognized by the DAR for his efforts in historic preservation. From left are DAR members Sarah Larson, Gaye Boardman, Wages and Sandy Springs DAR Regent Lynn Brackey. (click for larger version)
January 30, 2014
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – J.R. Wages, a retired Army chief warrant officer (WO3) and longtime member of Alpharetta's American Legion Post 201, was presented Jan. 23 with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution "Historic Preservation Recognition Award."

Wages, who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam where he earned a Purple Heart, is the driving force behind Post 201's "Walk of Memories," a veterans' memorial park.

It is a unique memorial dedicated to honoring the memory of every Georgian killed in combat from WWII through the current war on terror. It contains bricks with the names of approximately 7,300 individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice.

He initiated the program in the 1990s and even today, despite his age, Wages (or "Chief" as he is known around the Legion) can be seen working on the grounds almost every day.

Wages was presented with a special certificate and a lapel pin during a Jan. 23 ceremony at the Sandy Springs Daughters of the American Revolution meeting at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.

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