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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Plaque holds significance for installer

  • Ahead of it being unveiled Tuesday evening, a plaque honoring people killed in World War II and the Korean War was installed in its new location at Leavenworth City Hall.
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  • Ahead of it being unveiled Tuesday evening, a plaque honoring people killed in World War II and the Korean War was installed in its new location at Leavenworth City Hall.
    And the job of hanging the memorial plaque held special meaning for Tom Young, vice president of Young Sign Co.
    The name of his uncle, Thomas R. Young, appears on the plaque, which lists names of people from Leavenworth County who died in the two wars.
    "They named me after him," Tom Young said. "I always wondered what he would have been like."
    Tom Young said his uncle died while serving in the Army in World War II.
    "He was an artist," Tom Young said of his uncle.
    As a teenager, Thomas Young submitted drawings of presidents, which were published in a newspaper.
    Thomas Young was killed in October 1944. He was serving in Europe. Tom Young was born about 15 years later.
    The memorial plaque was installed Tuesday morning by Tom Young and Larr Whaley in what is called the light court at City Hall. The plaque now hangs outside of the City Commission chambers.
    The plaque previously was on display at City Hall, but it was removed in 2004 during renovations.
    Tom Young said he recalled that his uncle's name appeared on the plaque from when it previously was on display.
    City officials hosted an unveiling ceremony Tuesday for the plaque at its new location at City Hall.

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