New Medora memorial thanks all who fought

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Medora residents want to replace a decades-old World War II memorial with a newer one that not only will last longer but will include veterans from other wars.

The current memorial originated in the 1950s and honored those who served with hand-painted names. As the memorial aged, a replica was created in the 1990s by art students at Medora High School. After 20 years, the replacement has become subject to decay, as well.

Medora native Tom Willcutt took it upon himself to find a replacement for the tattered memorial.

“I thought we ought to honor them better than that,” he said.

He started looking into options this past year and eventually realized it wasn’t a project he could accomplish on his own, so he started a committee.

Through his work and the work of the committee, the memorial will be replaced next spring with a granite marker. In addition to listing the original World War II veterans, the memorial will have pillars on either side honoring all veterans of the armed forces.

Because many lists of veterans are incomplete, area residents are asked to sponsor names of veterans with ties to Carr Township to be added to the lists on the memorial.

The memorial will be 4 feet tall with a U.S. flag above and will be placed outside State Bank of Medora, 24 E. Main St., in the heart of downtown.

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