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Lee Henry wins 2019 Henry Welles Award

For more than 50 years, Leland “Lee” Henry has worked tirelessly for the improvement of his adopted hometown community.

For that, Henry, of 93 Virginia St., will be awarded the 2019 Henry C. Welles Award, kicking off the annual Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day weekend observation.

Welles was the Waterloo druggist who came up with the idea of setting aside a day to honor those who died in the Civil War. That led to Waterloo becoming the Birthplace of Memorial Day for its first Memorial Day observance in May 1866. Congress declared Waterloo the Birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966.

The Welles award honors those who “embody the character and commitment of the founder of Memorial Day toward the betterment of our community.”

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