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The McLean County “Adopt A Grave” project was started by Suzanne Kraus, a niece of VFW Post 454’s namesake John H. Kraus. As she stood at his grave during the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony in the Danvers, IL cemetery, Suzanne wondered about his McLean County friends who also lost their lives during the war. Since that day she has located more than 100 graves of McLean County boys who lost their lives during the war and are buried in McLean County. She also found some buried in other Illinois counties, across the USA, and some still buried in France. THE FORT has assisted her in these efforts over the last 2 years.
This fall volunteers signed up to visit, clean, and decorate the graves all over McLean County for the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918 on this Veteran’s Day – in 2018. Requested pictures sent to us by the
adopters of the cleaned and decorated graves will be archived for historical purposes.
Flags and flowers for the honored graves was the largest expense of the project. If you would care to help defer those costs, all donations will go to theAdopt A Grave project of McLean County, Illinois.