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Homeless veteran creates moving memorial

Posted at 7:45 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 22:54:30-04

A homeless veteran is touching many people with a memorial he's created in an empty field in Henderson. 

Lucas Payton said he made it to raise awareness about the plight of fellow service men and women. 

The 35-year-old put an American flag on top of a mound of dirt.  

"The flag attracts a lot of people," said Payton, "I pay so much attention to this because it has to be just right." 

Nearby rocks are painted red, white, and blue.  

Payton created the tribute last month. He has a stack of fliers to pass out to others. 

"This is information where you can receive housing and help, if you're a homeless veteran," he said.

Payton said he won't go into housing until there are no more homeless veterans.

"Stay consistent, stand my ground, get everyone housed," he said.  

In 2004, the Army veteran said he was discharged in 2004 for misconduct.