HERRIN, Ill. -- The Doughboy statue in Herrin is getting a facelift before the annual ceremony on Veterans Day.
The Herrin American Legion has been asking for donations for nearly a year trying to raise $30,000 to restore the memorial.
Currently there are no plaques surrounding the statue because they are in Pennsylvania being sanded and restored.
The plaques are filled with names of veterans from Herrin who have died. The statue itself is being aired out and then a fresh layer of wax will be added.
Doughboy Chairman, Charles Parola, says it was time for these repairs, "Everything just started deteriorating the finish and next year it will be 90 years that the statue has been in Herrin. It needs a little maintenance."
Earlier this week Herrin City Council approved to pay for the labor cost to install new LED lights around the statue for better lighting.
Parola says the restoration should be done in time for the Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday November 12th.
If you'd like to make a donation, you can send a check or money order to the Herrin Doughboy Committee; 400 East Orient Avenue; Herrin, Illinois 62948.
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