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Rededication Planned for Sandbagger Memorial in Moline

Frank Ege, Moline Historic Preservation Commission

After being hidden for decades, a new location may have been found in Moline to display the Sandbagger Memorial.

On Thursday, the Park Board will consider a request from the city's Historic Preservation Commission to put the metal plaque along the bike path, downtown.

Commission member Frank Ege says it honors the young people in Moline and other cities who helped protect the Quad Cities from the historic flood of 1965.

"High schools let them take the time off. They went down and they worked many, many hours, sometimes in the rain in miserable conditions, filling sandbags. Housewives made cookies and took them down to the kids, people were bringing pizzas down to them, and bags of McDonalds hamburgers."

Actually, following the 1965 flood, four Sandbagger Memorial plaques were made, and displayed on the Centennial and I-74 bridges, but he doesn't know where the other three are.

Recently, Ege found the Moline plaque on a wall under the old bridge, where few people could see it.

"The reason I did this is because to me that plaque is kind of an inspirational thing, and it does say what the youth in the area can do if there's something that needs to be done. It's like with the food drives and things like that how they pitch in and do things."

Ege says the plaque has been cleaned up and is ready to be mounted on a light pole behind the Kone building.

Plans call for a smaller plaque to be mounted underneath which will say "rededicated 2022 by the Moline High School Classes of 1965, 66, and 67."

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.