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A 101-year-old monument is currently being restored at its site in a Bloomington park.

The McLean County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is receiving a $48,300 facelift that will repair and preserve it. Reports indicate the monument has sat at the northeast corner of Miller Park since May 30, 1913.

The monument features eight bronze tablets inscribed with the names of 6,053 local residents who fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Black Hawk War, Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish-American War. It stands 78 feet tall from the grade line and is topped with a 36-ton fluted Tuscan column.

Joe Gnazzo Inc., the New England-based company that's restoring the monument, has worked on several architectural treasures in the past, including Harvard Hall and the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston.

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