VeteranCemeteryRANTOUL – George Haworth was perusing through a St. Joseph antique shop last year when he discovered a grave marker belonging to a World War I veteran.

While the back of the grave marker listed the veteran’s name, military unit and day of his death, it did not contain any further information.

“I didn’t know where the marker belonged, but I knew at that moment I wanted to do everything I could to return it to its rightful place,” Haworth said.

After searching to no avail, Haworth contacted State Senator Scott Bennett and State Representative Chad Hays’ office for some help. It was discovered the marker belonged to Clyde E. Maham, a veteran who is buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Rantoul. Maham served in the Marine Corps from March 1917 until his discharge in December 1919.

“Millions of brave men and women have served our country in defense of our values and way of life,” Bennett (D – Champaign) said. “Whether their sacrifices were made during World War I or are currently being made across the globe, it is important to honor the dedication and sacrifices they have made to our country.”

On Saturday, a rededication ceremony will finally return the grave marker to Maham’s gravesite at Maplewood Cemetery in Rantoul. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.

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