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Dr. Jim and Roxie Underwood Donate to Veterans Tribute


The Jim Beasley Veterans Tribute is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 donation from retired Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood, and his wife, Roxie to help in recognizing and honoring local veterans.  The Underwoods, who now live in Arkansas, presented the check to members of the Tribute committee at the Tribute itself located on the main campus of Kaskaskia College.


“Roxie and I had visited the Tribute when we were in town three weeks ago and saw the three new walls and aprons and knew we wanted to be part of this exciting new phase,” said Underwood.  “We felt this gift would help towards completing this portion of the project.”  Underwood also recognized and thank the KC Board of Trustees for their support, and providing the land the Tribute is located on.   


Tribute Co-Chair Jim Beasley thanked the Underwoods for their donation.  “We are honored that Dr. Jim Underwood and his wife Roxie, have continued their support for the Veterans Tribute project,” said Beasley.  “Their love and dedication, not only to this project, but to Kaskaskia College inspire us to continue to succeed to make sure those who have served have proper recognition for their service.”


The Underwoods have not only been a long -time supporter of the Tribute project, but also have contributed their time and money to seeing the project go from being an idea to becoming a reality.  Dr. Underwood served as a founding member of the Tribute committee, as well as serving on the design committee and assisting in many of the group’s fundraising efforts.   A retired Lt. Colonel, Dr. Underwood and his father, are among the more than 25,000 names listed on the first two completed walls of the project. 


Soon those names will increase as the Tribute Committee is asking the KC Board to approve bids for the purchase, engrave and install the granite panels on the three new walls.  Once completed, the Tribute is expected to have upwards of 35,000 additional names on display. 


The Jim Beasley Veterans Tribute recognizes veterans, living or deceased, who have connections to the counties of Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Washington.  Each veteran has his or her name engraved with their branch of service.  Anyone wanted to include a name for the Tribute, or seeking more information can call 618-545-3069.


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