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Reported by Justin Hanson

New Dyersburg memorial pays tribute to World War II veterans

As Mid-Southerners spend Friday remembering those who served in the line of duty, one Mid-South community has a new way to honor its veterans.

It stands in the shadows of Dyersburg's court house - a granite memorial recently dedicated to the men and women of Dyer County who served during World War II.

"It means a lot, it sure does, it means a lot," said World War II Veteran John Proud.

What makes the marker so special is its designer.  It's the brainchild of 16-year-old Dustin Strube, who wanted to build the memorial to get his Eagle scout badge.  

"Nobody ever thought of honoring World War II veterans and I'm sure they're really surprised that a 16 year old boy would think about it," Strube says.

"I told him, I said, 'Dustin, that's too big. You won't be able to handle it,' and he looked real pitiful and said, 'Yes I can,'" said scout master Edgar Shults.

And he did.  Strube worked over 250 hours to complete the project.  It was no easy task - Strube's work on the memorial spanned two years, and he and others from the community raised $12,000 to complete it.

Veterans said they appreciate Strube's hard work.

"This thing is not a big monument, but its an awful important monument," said veteran Robert Little.

"Other people can look at it and they can appreciate what we went through," Proud added.

Others in the community said the memorial was a long time coming.

"This should have been done a long time ago, which has been the whole theme of his Eagle project," said Steve Guttery of the Dyer County Chamber of Commerce.

Within the next couple of weeks, a time capsule will be placed at the memorial, which will include veterans' badges, photos, and dog tags. It will be opened in 50 years. 

As for Strube - he will get his Eagle badge within the next two weeks.

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