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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Memorial plaque unveiled at City Hall

  • A plaque honoring people killed in World War II and the Korean War is once again on display 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.

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      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.
      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.
  • A plaque honoring people killed in World War II and the Korean War is once again on display at Leavenworth City Hall.
    "It's a privilege and honor to have the plaque here," Mayor Laura Janas Gasbarre said.
    Her remarks came during an unveiling ceremony for the plaque Tuesday evening.
    The plaque lists the names of people from Leavenworth County who were killed in the two wars. More than 100 names appear on the plaque.
    Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger said Tuesday's ceremony was a tribute to all veterans.
    The memorial plaque previously was displayed at the west entrance to City Hall. But it was removed in 2004 as the building underwent a multi-year renovation project.
    At the time, city officials contacted the county government about the possibility of the plaque being moved to the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
    The Courthouse also was undergoing renovations at the time and there never was a determination regarding where to put the plaque.
    The plaque ended up being placed in storage in the basement of City Hall.
    Earlier this year, the city received requests to donate the plaque to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. City commissioners voted in April to place the plaque back on display at City Hall.
    City officials also had the plaque cleaned.
    Tuesday's ceremony also featured cadets from the Junior ROTC program at Leavenworth High School who posted the American and Kansas flags while dressed in period military uniforms.
    Lynn Rolf III, the Kansas VFW state commander, also spoke during the ceremony.
    He encouraged people to select names from the plaque and research them. He suggested the possibility of reaching out to families of the fallen.
    "We can never forget our greatest generation," he said.
    Rolf said he believes the current generation of veterans will live up to the World War II generation.
    "They didn't have to do what they're doing now," he said.

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