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2017-06-07 02:06 [NEWS] Source:Netword
Guide:The statue was erected in 2001, but stolen in 2005, according to historical accounts. Younger said an anonymous donor from Morris provided funds for another statue, which was installed in 2008. (The o

The statue was erected in 2001, but stolen in 2005, according to historical accounts. Younger said "an anonymous donor from Morris" provided funds for another statue, which was installed in 2008. (The original statue was later found in a silo in Braceville in 2008, and is now the property of the village of Elwood, Schab said.)

Today the statue stands on land donated by CenterPoint Intermodal Center, which abuts Lincoln Cemetery, visible on the north side of Hoff Road as visitors drive into the cemetery.

On this 75th anniversary, Younger donated it to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. It will eventually be relocated to "its rightful place where the tragedy took place" to make sure "this history is not lost," Midewin Supervisor Wade Spang said.

"It is so significant that this piece of hallowed ground is part of Midewin's history," Spang said. "A lot happened here during the Army's days and lot is happening now as we are restoring the prairie, which this will be part of.

"It will stay here so people can see it forever and forever," he said.

The arsenal stopped production in 1976 and closed for good in the 1990s. Much of the land has been turned over to the U.S. Forest Service to be restored as the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Another 1,000 acres was given to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the national cemetery, and 2,000 acres have become the CenterPoint Intermodal Center.

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