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Officials make progress with restoring, relocating doughboy

November 12, 2021 GMT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are making progress with restoring and relocating a World War I doughboy statue to War Memorial Park in Martinsburg.

The doughboy’s long-awaited placement at War Memorial Park began earlier this month when the restored statue was placed near the memorial garden, Superintendent of Parks Steve Catlett said Thursday during a Veterans Day event at the park, The Journal reported. Two plaques that circle the base also have been restored and two other plaques are in the process of being remade, he said.

Concrete was poured Thursday in the area of the project and crews still need to install lighting, ornamental shrubbery and fencing. The entire project is expected to be completed by next spring.

“It will be something that we’re proud of here in Berkeley County for a long time,” Catlett said.

The doughboy statue was at the community’s old courthouse until the building was sold. It was removed last spring and officials have been working since then to restore and relocate it.