Removal of Desert Storm sign causes controversy

A picture depicting a war memorial in a Lawrenceville alley is causing an uproar in Lawrence County.

Posted: May. 23, 2018 4:42 PM

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. (WTHI) - A picture is causing outrage in Lawrenceville, Illinois. The image shows the recently removed Desert Storm war memorial in an alley.

News 10 spoke with members of the county and historical society today.

Officials with the county say the plan to remove the sign has been in the works for two years. They say the sign was meant to be temporary and has fallen into disrepair.

The county donated the sign to the historical society for display.

John M. King with the Lawrence County Historical Society explains, "We were contacted a couple of months ago. We had arrangements to accept it Monday morning. It was delivered a little bit early. Set in the alley less than a half an hour, until we brought it into our building."

County officials say there have been efforts by residents to construct a permanent memorial in the county, but have failed to raise enough money.

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