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It’s called More Fun on 81.

June 7th and 8th, the village of Andover, Illinois will thank veterans in a very special way.

It is a salute to freedom and those who help to preserve it.

During the weekend, there will be plenty of fun activities.

Included will be a memorial dedication.

A new monument will honor area veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The dedication will take place on Sunday June 8th at 10:30am at the park in Andover.

The aisle of flags is also a can’t miss as you drive through the heart of town. There are dozens of American flags. A sea of red, white and blue.

Each flag pole has the name of an area veteran. The aisle honors the many men and women from Henry County who served their country from the Civil War to the War in Afghanistan.

One hundred fifty men enlisted from the Andover area to serve in the Civil War.

Dwayne Newman was 20 years old when he joined the army and served in Korea. He has been a member of the Andover Legion for 60 years.

Millard Lindberg’s nameplate is on a flag pole. He served in both Korea and Vietnam. He is the Commander of American Legion Post 465.

He says the flags and the honor roll monuments are also dedicated to everybody he served with.

The American Legion Rider Post from Cambridge will also participate in the ceremony.

People in the community raised thousands of dollars to help pay for the flags.

There is a story attached to every flag pole. A big thank you from small town America. A matter of Patriotic Pride.

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