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WWII plaque restored, unveiled

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city paid tribute Sunday to a group of World War II veterans who worked in the Pepperell Mill.

In 1946, the mill commissioned a bronze honor roll plaque with more than 300 names of employees who served in the war, including eleven who were killed in action. When the mill was sold, the plaque disappeared, until recently when a group of veterans found it and restored it. Sunday, the plaque was returned to a prominent place on Main Street for everyone to see.

Pete Lamontagne says the forty-one hours he spent restoring the bronze plaque were well worth it.

"Every minute of it, every minute of it," Lamontagne said. "It became a labor of love, and I was looking at the guys with a star next to their names, which signifies that they were killed in action, and I thought jeez was it a bullet? Was it a hand grenade?"

The Biddeford City Council plans to read a proclamation commemorating the plaque at this week's council meeting.