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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Canton man honored for WWII service

  • On Oct. 18, Cecil E. “Dick” Gage of Canton was presented with a quilt in honor of his service in World War II.
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  • On Oct. 18, Cecil E. “Dick” Gage of Canton was presented with a quilt in honor of his service in World War II.
    The quilt was from an organization called Quilts of Valor. Since 2003, the organization has worked to provide quilts to veterans as a way of thanking them for their service.
    “It's giving back to an underserved part of our population,” said Martha Smith, southeast Kansas coordinator for Quilts of Valor and the person who presented the quilt to Gage. “I can't do a lot of things, but I can make quilts, and I'm always willing to say 'thank you' to a veteran.”
    Gage achieved the rank of sergeant in the Army during his service. His son, Richard Gage, said while it's difficult to know what his father's thinking, he thinks his dad appreciated the gift.
    “He was very happy to be given the quilt,” Richard Gage said. “I think he understood they were giving him a gift for his service in World War II.”
    The presentation was done at The State Bank of Canton. Cecil Gage's cousin, Doug Loewen, is president of the bank.
    Cecil Gage's daughter, Jackie Tucker, traveled from California to be at the presentation.
    “I think it's vitally important that we thank our veterans, in every way possible, especially in these trying times,” Tucker said.
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    Richard Gage said his dad hasn't opened up much about his service during the war, so the family doesn't know a lot about what he experienced. Still, Loewen said it's clear the gesture meant a lot to him.
    “He really appreciated it,” Loewen said. “The comment was, 'Someone finally remembers.'”
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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