John Wayne Centennial

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) -- A tiny Iowa town is expecting a flood of people this weekend (05/26-27) for the celebration of an American icon.

John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, 100 years ago tomorrow. His name was Marion Morrison, and he moved away at the age of four.

But residents have never forgotten him and say the Duke's on-screen all-American persona reflects Winterset's wholesome, small-town feel.

Wayne's son Ethan will climb aboard a backhoe to help knock down an abandoned gas station to make way for a museum dedicated to his father. And Wayne's family will dedicate a statue. There will be free showings of a couple of his biggest movies: "Stagecoach" and "True Grit."

John Wayne died 28 years ago, at age 72.


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