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Family Commemorates Historic Fallen Soldier

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A Quincy family is spending their Veterans Day weekend by commemorating a man who fought and died for our country - over one hundred fifty years ago. 

This afternoon a new memorial marker for Lieutenant Timothy Kelly was dedicated in Woodland Cemetery.

An Irish immigrant, Lieutenant Kelly was the only Quincy resident to die in the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican American War. His body was brought back to Quincy - however, the exact whereabouts of his final resting place are no longer known.

His family members say it's important to honor his sacrifice, even though it happened so long ago. "He's a veteran," says Daniel Reed, one of Lieutenant Kelly's descendents,  "And he enlisted to fight for this country and he did his duty as a soldier and he died. So, he made America a better place."

A John Wood re-enactor also came to commemorate Timothy Kelly - Kelly was very active in politics and ran for Mayor of Quincy, but of course, as we know- Wood was elected to that office.

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