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Donna, the tank in DeKalb's Memorial Park, to get fresh coat of paint

In this Daily Chronicle fiel photo, siblings Nathan Hooper (left) and Sierra Hooper, both of DeKalb, check out the tank after a Memorial Day service at Memorial Park at the corner of North First Street and Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb.
In this Daily Chronicle fiel photo, siblings Nathan Hooper (left) and Sierra Hooper, both of DeKalb, check out the tank after a Memorial Day service at Memorial Park at the corner of North First Street and Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb.

DeKALB – The commemorative armored vehicle in Memorial Park will get a touch-up this weekend, as veterans plan to give it a new paint job.

American Legion Post 66 Cmdr. Dan Gallagher said, with the help of generous donations from residents and local business owners, about a half dozen volunteers will work to paint “Donna the Tank.” It’s located in the park on Lincoln Highway (Route 38) at First Street.

He said it’s been about 70 years since the vehicle was last painted. Gallagher said, the effort has included help from retailers such as Farm and Fleet, which offered the paint at a “huge” discount. Lovette’s Body Shop will be providing hardener for the paint to help it last longer. And Walt Machine and Tool will be doing some welding work to close up some holes on the memorial vehicle.

“A lot of debris was getting inside the tank, which was causing corrosion,” Gallagher said.

Six or seven people, including members from the American Legion and Northern Illinois University veterans club, are expected to do the painting Saturday and Sunday, Gallagher said.

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