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Stolen Military Footstones Replaced

It was a small ceremony but full of meaning for the family of Staff Sergeant Louis Chadwick Palmer, a veteran who inspired several generations to carry on a family tradition of military service. 

His daughter, Dorinda Easley said, "He was very proud of his service. We still are very proud of the service and commitment that he had. That somebody would look at the honor of that monument, and steal it."

Today at the graveside ceremony, Palmer's grandson, Airman Johnathon Easley revealed his new footstone. 

"Louis Chadwick Palmer. Sergeant. U.S. Army. World War II. May 9, 1923-August 21, 1998," he read to the crowd.

Two others were also replaced at Macon Cemetary, but their families couldn't be there. 

Gus Bell served in the  U.S. Army during World War II, and Staff Sergeant Bert Emmons was in the U.S. Airforce during World War II.

"They deserve honor. They deserve respect. The deserve preservation. They deserve dignity," said Easley.

Those who organized the ceremony, say they hope this gives the veterans back some of the honor and dignity that was stolen last November.  For the families it means peace of mind, knowing there's a permanent monument of their loved one's service.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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