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Monument Maintenance on Campbell's Island

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Karin Ciaccio from D.A.R.'s Mary Little Deere-Fort Armstrong chapter.

Volunteers turned out Wednesday morning to help preserve some local history. Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution cut brush and weeds from around the Campbell's Island Monument in East Moline.

The monument commemorates a battle during the War of 1812 between American soldiers and Native American warriors.

Spokeswoman Karin Ciaccio says the local chapter of the D.A.R. built the monument in 1908, and is trying hard now to maintain it. 
It's a state historic site, but Ciaccio says Illinois does not have the money needed for major repairs. So the D.A.R. is trying to raise 65,000 dollars - to replace the sidewalk, repair the plaques, and re-set the large stones.  

And it fits her organization's mission of preservation, education, and patriotism.

(contributions can be mailed to: D.A.R., Box 1161, Moline, Il. 61266)

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