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A plaque honoring Morgan Township World War II veterans

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BUSHTON, Ill. -- The names of the veterans of Morgan Township in east-central Illinois who served during World War II now have a permanent home.

A local committee that honors veterans took the names of the people who left Coles County to fight in the war and put them on plaques displayed in the Morgan Township building. In addition to veterans, community leaders who were listed on several white boards that have deteriorated over the years were placed on plaques.

The Mattoon Journal Gazette & (Charleston) Times-Courier report that members of the committee responsible for the plaques believe that only two of the 93 veterans whose names are on the plaque are still alive. Both Navy veterans - 91-yearold Jack Boyd and 90-year-old Tom Michael - attended a weekend dedication ceremony.

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