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|Galesburg Veterans Memorial a Governor's Home Town Award Winner
|A project headed up by a Galesburg alderman is being recognized by the state.
The City of Galesburg gathered the recognition Monday in Springfield for the Community Veterans Memorial in Lincoln Park, which earned a first-place plaque in the "Veterans Involvement" category as part of the 2008 Governor's Home Town Awards Program.
Galesburg 6th Ward Alderman Wayne Allen, who spearheaded the project, said hard work and generosity made the veterans memorial possible.
"It's kind of nice because not only is this all a volunteer effort, but also $250,000 have been raised for this project, and as of now we're honoring over 1,700 veterans with more coming."
Allen was among nearly two-dozen people from Galesburg who made the trip to Springfield for the ceremony, which recognized 49 projects in several different categories based upon a town's population.
Allen himself is a veteran, having served in the Illinois National Guard. He says there are veterans names on the memorial from the Revolutionary War to the current Wars on Terror. Along with a plaque, each award-winning community also gets a road sign recognizing their efforts.
Allen says the Veterans Memorial is an ongoing project, and that every one of the 1,700 names engraved on bricks at the memorial are special.
(Galesburg Mayor Gary Smith presents the award to City Clerk Anita Carlton, Alderman Wayne Allen, and Alderman Lomac Payton at Tuesday night's meeting.)
(A close-up look at the plaque the city received. Story by Mike Perry. WGIL News Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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