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MORMON BATTALION MONUMENT AND GROUNDS ARE REFURBISHED

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The monument to the Mormon Battalion and the surrounding area has been refurbished after significant contributions of time and funds by Church members here.

The large memorial plaque and statue, built in 1969, were aged and marred, and the dirt walkways eroded.The refurbishing project included professionally renewing the plaque and statue, repairing the cannon base, installing the red flagstone on the walkways by an artisan, painting and repairing the flag pole, and planting new turf and shrubs.

The effort was spearheaded by Elder Preston Adams, director of the Mormon Battalion visitors center.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency, sent a letter to the members commenting, "I commend you and your associates most warmly on the remarkable work you have done there. It is significant and will be appreciated for many years to come."

About 100 people attended a recent "thank-you party," said Elder Spencer Rees, public communications missionary.

But the best thanks contributors receive is when they see groups of students who visit annually by the thousands, gathered in the pleasant surroundings beneath the flagpole, and hearing about the endeavors of the Mormon Battalion.