American Legion Post 217 receives donation from Korean War Veteran
All through their lives Clifton Arflack and his wife Thelma Jo of Salem Kentucky worked hard and lived the simple life. Clifton and Thelma Jo were married June 2, 1956 and four days later Clifton left to serve his country. Clifton did his basic training at Fort Hood Texas and then served with the Peace Keeping Forces in Korea.
After serving two years in Korea, Clifton returned to his wife Thelma Jo and the peaceful community of Salem Kentucky. Clifton had a small farm and also worked at Moore Business Forms in Marion where he worked the printing press. Clifton was sometimes teased by his coworker for never taking a vacation but he had been to the other side of the world and was just glad he had made it back.
Through the years Clifton worked 8 hours a day at the printing press then went home and spent several hours combining seed where he admitted he actually make more money at that than anything else.
Thelma Jo also held down a fulltime job and the two of them lived a happy peaceful live for 55 years before Thelma Jo passed away in 2011. Clifton still lives in the home they built in 1966.
The couple had no children and as the years went by they discussed what they would do with the money they had accumulated over the years. They searched for a place in Salem to build a park for the children of the community to enjoy but were unable to find an appropriate place for the park. Since Clifton was a Korean War veteran and has a great love for all veterans, it was decided that they would donate the money to the American Legion Post 217 to build a new building and a permanent memorial to all Livingston County veterans.
On May 2, 2014 Clifton presented a check in the amount of $375,000 to American Legion Post 217 Auxiliary representative Faye Cash Gibson to fund the project.
The plan is to build a 40X80 new building with 2 gazebos, a permanent memorial and a pavilion enclosed in a 5 foot walkway where families can come and enjoy learning about the veterans who fought for their freedom. The project is expected to take 1 to 2 years to complete. We will keep you updated on the progress as information becomes available.