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|VFW Honors Local Man With Sign
|The Galesburg V.F.W. post has a new sign letting you know you're there, and it's because of the generosity of a family who's spent a lot of time there over the years.
The sign was formally dedicated Suinday. It's still the Stockdale Veterans Center, but a plaque on the sign indicates money for it was donated by memorials left to the Thomas Underwood, Senior, upon his passing last year.
Underwood's widow Linda tells WGIL giving the memorial money back to the V.F.W. seemed like the right thing to do.
"It's something I've been waiting for," Underwood said. "I talked it over with my boys when (Thomas) passed away, and I said, 'what can we do?' They said 'give the memorials to the V.F.W.'"
V.F.W. Quartermaster and Galesbunrg 7th Ward Alderman Mike Lummis says he couldn't think of a better way to honor the late former U.S. Navy officer either.
"The plaque in the corner (of the sign) will be read by many," Lummis said. "And it will be read by people who did not know Tom personally. It is my hope that when they read Tom's name, they will pause for a few seconds and thank Almighty God for Tom and all of his comrades."
Linda Underwood still volunteers at the V.F.W., and she says she and her husband have spent a lot of time, there, a lot of it together. She says there is no more fitting way to honor her husband's memory.
(Members of the Galesburg V.F.W post and Linda Underwood's family gathered Sunday in front of the new sign in front of the facility.)
(Linda Underwood is assisted by VFW Post Commander Gerald Wright in affixing the plaque in the corner of the new sign.)
(Linda Underwood helps put the plaque in the corner of the Stockdale Center sign while members of her family watch.)
(The Underwood family poses for a photograph next to the sign.)
(A display inside the Galesburg V.F.W hall Sunday honors Thomas Underwood, Sr. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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