A dedication ceremony was held Thursday afternoon, July 4, for the Gold Star Memorial that has been placed in front of the Carroll County Courthouse in downtown Mount Carroll. It is the second plaque to be placed in Illinois honoring Gold Star Families that have lost a loved one defending the United States. 71st District State Rep. Tony McCombie of Savanna, right, was one of the speakers. Also participating were, from left, Kevin Powers, who organized and coordinated the $1,500 fundraising effort for the plaque; Mount Carroll Mayor Carl Bates; and Parson Bob Stark of the Mount Carroll Ministerial Association. Mount Carroll American Legion Commander Rich Ottens (not pictured) also spoke during the ceremony.