Peoria (WEEK) — Peoria residents gathered at St. Mark’s Catholic Church Monday for a special rededication ceremony.
The plaque commemorates nine soldiers who gave their lives in World War II. Jim Donovan, the grandson of Lt. James Donovan, read scripture during the Gold Star Mass Monday morning.
Multiple family members attended today’s event not only to see the restored plaque, but to also get a glimpse at artifacts from some of the men’s lives.
A table of artifacts regarding some of the men is displayed during a reception after the ceremony. (Photo submitted by Maria Carroll)
The nine men commemorated on the plaque are as follows:
Army Air Corps Lt. Alfred “Al” Hudson
U.S. Marine Corps PFC Thomas “Tom” Joseph McClurg
U.S. Marine PFC John “Jack” Walter Bushell
U.S. Marines Lt. James Richard Donovan
U.S Army PFC Robert E. Klepfer
U.S. Army Pvt. Herbert A. Kelch
U.S. Navy Seaman 1/c Herbert Anthony Eaton
U.S. Navy F/1c Vincent Dayton Lamb
Bottom RowU.S. Army Air Force Lt. Eugene F. Weisbruch
Msgr. Brian Brownsey, pastor of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, gives a homily in front of the plaque. He is holding a rosary that was carried by James Donovan when he died in the Pacific. (Photo submitted by Maria Carroll)
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