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Volunteers clean WWI memorial ahead of Merrill's Veterans Day ceremony Submitted: 10/19/2017
Story By Katie Thoresen

Volunteers clean WWI memorial ahead of Merrill's Veterans Day ceremony
MERRILL - Tucked away in the southwest corner of Merrill you can find one of only 19 World War One memorials in Wisconsin. 

People from Lincoln County who died during the war are honored there. 
 
Wednesday, a group of volunteers paid their respects to those service men with some soap, water, and hard work. 

"It's a good opportunity to pay back that service," said Church Mutual employee Sheila Severt. 

Church Mutual employees get one day a year to volunteer in the community, Severt wanted to do something to help veterans.


 "To support the veterans is even more important because of the service they provided for all of us," said Severt. 

When her group reached out to the city, Merrill Area Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Russell suggested cleaning the city's World War One Memorial. 

"Some of the VFW veterans I work with said [they] were getting ready to plan out the week leading up to Veterans Day this year," said Russell. 

Local veterans hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at Cenotaph Park every year. 

The cenotaph was donated to the city, along with the land it sits on, by A. H. Stange in 1923.

Nearby, you can find the names of the World War One soldiers from Lincoln County who were killed in action.

Those names and the memorial will shine a little brighter this year thanks the volunteers and veterans that helped cleaned it. 

You put those two group together, and a little help from the city of Merrill for some equipment, and this is what you can get done," said Russell. "It makes you proud."

Crews will put sealant on the memorial Friday to help preserve it. 

The Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Cenataph Park in Merrill. 


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