Restoring the Doughboy

Members of American Legion Post No. 1 in Wheeling, celebrating the unit’s 100th anniversary, have a new cause: restoring the statue of a World War I soldier at Wheeling Park.

Troops in the Great War sometimes were referred to as “doughboys,” and that is how the statue honoring them has come to be known. A fixture at the park for decades, it has fallen into disrepair and needs work.

No World War I soldiers remain among us. That does not mean our obligation to honor them has passed.

Good luck to American Legion Post No. 1 in its fund drive to restore the statue. Let us hope it is concluded swiftly and successfully.

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