Freeport (WIFR) -- The Stephenson County soldiers’ monument was first dedicated on July 4th, 1871 and now 141-years later is in need of tender loving care.
The landmark in downtown Freeport hasn't been restored since 1999, because the city just can't afford it. That's why a new not-for-profit has been created to raise money to make repairs.
The civil war monument fund hopes to return the landmark to its original glory, by replacing the victory statue that stood on top of the monument up until it was hit by lightning in 1960. The committee's chairman hopes to have all of the repairs made by next year.
The monument lists the names of more than 31-hundred area soldiers, including 500 who were killed in action.