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Memorial Rededication Honoring WWII Veterans

NEWPORT, Ky. (Tiffany Wilson) -- A memorial honoring veterans of World War II was taken down to make way for construction of the Newport Pavilion.

After eight years of work the community gathered on this Veterans Day to rededicate the memorial.  Good Morning Cincinnati's Tiffany Wilson takes us to the ceremony.

No amount of gratitude can repay those who gave their lives defending our freedom.  No amount of comfort can quell a families grief.

Monday though, a step to rectify a casualty of commercialism.  The Cote Brilliant World War II Veterans Memorial is now back on public display.

It was an eight year process.  The memorial first erected in 1946 at Saint Frances de Sales Church was taken down to make way for the Newport Pavilion.

Tom Guidugli worked tirelessly to find it a new home.

"There was always somebody saying lets gets the monument done.  Let's get it rededicated."

His uncle's name is on the memorial.  So is Captain Harry Vaal's.  Vaal died when his plane crashed.  He left behind nine month old twin daughters.

Monday they brought their children and grandchildren to the re-dedication ceremony.

Donations by Target, Kroger, Anchor Associates and the city of Newport made the re-dedication possible. 

Seven men from the Newport neighborhood of Cote Brilliant died while fighting in World War II.  You can see the memorial at the corner of the Pavilion.  It's between the I-471 overpass and Target's parking lot.

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