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Veterans Protest Plans to Name Street After Japanese City

May 3, 1988

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) _ Some veterans in Harry Truman’s hometown are opposed to plans to rename Maple Street to Higashimurayama Street in honor of the city’s sister city in Japan.

The City Council voted 5-2 Monday to rename the street, despite protests from about 50 members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000.

″I believe Harry Truman would turn over in his grave if he knew this was going on behind his back in his hometown celebrating his birthday,″ said Buck Strodtman, a former commander of the VFW post.

The Council’s vote is final unless a member asks that it be reconsidered, which is not expected.

Truman, born May 8, 1884, lived most of his life in Independence. He ordered atomic bombs be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.

About 40 people of Higashimurayama are expected in Independence this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the relationship between the two cities.

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