CHIPLEY – The Washington County Board of County Commissioners and Veterans Affairs Office came together to honor local veterans Wednesday with a bench dedication.

The commissioned bench was crafted by local chainsaw artist Chad Gainey and features the battlefield cross on one end, a bald eagle on the other, and gold emblems honoring all five branches of the military.

On hand for the dedication were local and state officials, including State Senator George Gainer, who expressed his appreciation for local veterans.

"Thank you for all that you have done and still do," said Gainer. "You may not be in service any more, but you still serve our great country every day." 

Visitors can see and sit on the bench at the Washington County Board of Commissioners Office on South Boulevard in Chipley.