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Soldiers' memorial to be rededicated

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NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - A treasured remnant of a neighborhood that was demolished years ago to make way for development is returning to Newport.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports a memorial to seven soldiers from the old Cote Brilliante neighborhood who died in World War II will be rededicated on Veterans Day.

The treasure vanished in 2005, as houses in Cote Brilliante were being knocked down.

As it turned out, an elderly man who had revered the memorial swiped it from the site, trying to save it from being demolished.

Tom Guidugli, executive director of Newport's Neighborhood Foundations, has led the effort to refurbish and rededicate the memorial.

He said when word got out in the community that the plaque was missing, Guidugli, then mayor of Newport, received a call from a member of the gentleman's family and retrieved it.

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