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When you go home, tell them of us and say,

For their Tomorrow, we gave our today

--inscription from Fallen Soldiers Memorial

BEARDSTOWN—Students, teachers, veterans and family members gathered together to unveil a memorial commemorating Beardstown High School alumni who died in military service. The Beardstown High School Fallen Soldiers Memorial was dedicated on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The memorial includes three granite tablets containing an epitaph, emblems of five branches of the military and the names of fallen servicemen.

During the dedication, veterans and local officials eulogized some of the former students. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) spoke during the ceremony.

"We are here to celebrate the dedication of this beautiful memorial," Sullivan said. "I had the opportunity to talk about one of those individuals: Charles Burrus."

Sergeant Charles Burrus enlisted in the Army in 1941 prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the 515th Coastal Artillery, stationed in the Philippines. Burrus' unit was the first to engage the Japanese when their forces attacked the Philippines on Dec. 8, 1941.

After three months, U.S. forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese and Burrus was listed as missing in action. He was a participant in the Bataan Death March and died from malaria, malnutrition and dysentery on June 4, 1942.

His family was notified a year later, and his remains were returned to Arenzville.

"The Beardstown community and especially the schools here wanted remember and dedicate this memorial to young people who—starting in World War II all the way up to the current conflict—have participated in some of the major offenses," Sullivan said.

Twenty-four names are inscribed on the Fallen Soldiers Memorial; Burrus was 1 of 17 who died during World War II.

World War II
Robert Allen
Charles Burrus
Roy Chambers
Jack Hagerty
Keith Jokish
Robert Kays
Virgil Livingston
George Mitchell
Willis Munger
Jacques Schweer
Herschel Schaefer
William Townley
Robert Treadway
Albert Brockhouse
Edgar Green
Elmer Moore
Howard Lancaster

Korea
Robert Vincent
Robert Johnston

Vietnam
Billy Cook
Robert Fox
Lester Kimble
Samuel Broeker

Afghanistan/Iraq
James Dorsey

DECATUR—State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) visited the Farm Progress show in Decatur on Wednesday. Sullivan toured the exhibits, watched presentations by industry representatives and learned about developments in agricultural technology.

"All the different industries: seed, fertilizer, equipment, precision-ag, computers — it brings it all together," Sullivan said. "Farmers and those involved in agriculture can see the latest and greatest."

The Farm Progress show is America's largest farm technology exhibition. The show features the latest developments in farm implements, seed technology and advances in other areas of agriculture. Vendors and customers from across the United States attended the show, along with international companies and customers.

"It's nice to see the latest technology in agriculture, and this is the place to do it."

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