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[s17] Sen. Banks: Columbia City to Dedicate Memorial for Gov. Ralph Gates
Start Date: 6/27/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/27/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (June 27, 2013) — A historical marker to memorialize the late Gov. Ralph Gates will be dedicated Tuesday in Columbia City, said State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City).

The dedication ceremony will be Tuesday, July 2, at 1:15 p.m. on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn. Members of the community are invited to attend.

Born in Columbia City in 1893, Gates served as Governor of Indiana from 1945 to 1949. During his administration, state departments were created to address issues on revenue, flood control, veterans’ affairs and traffic safety. Additionally, he focused on education reform, development of Indiana’s highway system and industrial growth.

“Governor Gates led the charge to restore our economy at the end of World War II,” Banks said. “He was a veteran, a champion of education and an advocate for Indiana. This is a long overdue honor for someone who played a major role not only in the Columbia City community, but in our state as a whole.”

Banks requested a historical marker for Gates in March of 2012. This is the first to be installed in Whitley County since 2001. It will be placed next to the marker memorializing former Indiana Governor and U.S. Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall who lived in Columbia City for much of his life.

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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    Senate Republican Caucus

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