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Salute to Kewanee Military - Artist Mike Meyer 

(Sponsored by: VFW Post #8078; Bob & Max Jacob) The military funeral of one WW I soldier shown in the mural is intended to honor and show respect for all Kewanee area men and women, past and present, who have put on the uniform and done their duty for our country. The funeral depicted was for Sgt. Mike Mikenas in October of 1918 near the end of WW I. Sgt. Mikenas is one of 19 men and one woman from Kewanee who lost their lives in World War I. Fatalities in WW II would be greater still as 89 Kewaneeans “made the supreme sacrifice.” The WW I soldier in the center of the mural is an illustration done by Kewanee native Leroy Cyrus Baldridge, who was the illustrator during WW I for the military newspaper called “Stars and Stripes.”