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Marseilles council closer to approving the 2018 Freedom Fest

Denise Williams, a Gold Star mother and president of the Department of Illinois American Gold Star Mothers whose son, PFC Andrew Meari, was killed in Afghanistan in November, 2010 speaks at the Marseilles City Council meeting Wednesday in an impassioned speech about the importance of the annual Freedom Fest. The 2016 celebration was canceled by Mayor Jim Trager due to excessive costs. Williams said the celebration, held in past years after the annual Freedom Run ceremony, gives attending Gold Star families comfort and promotes "healing" from their loss and grief.

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