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Jack Klasey: The Courthouse Soldier

Jack KlaseyMay 26, 2019

Career soldiers typically retire after 20 years of service, but the soldier standing guard in front of Kankakee County’s Courthouse has been on active duty for 132 years, with no plans for retirement.

The larger-than-life (7-foot-tall), copper bronze statue of “a soldier at parade rest,” standing atop a tall limestone and granite base, is a monument to Kankakee County men who died in the Civil War. A plaque on the north face of the monument reads:

“In Memory of the Soldiers of Kankakee County who Fought for the Union, 1861-1865. Love of Country is a Nation’s Strongest Safeguard, 1887.”

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