The statue was found Friday in an overgrown lot near Braceville, Ill., and is 100 percent intact. The statue was commissioned to honor workers who died in a fire at the Joliet Arsenal in 1942.
An anonymous donor provided money to make a new statue for the memorial.
It’s believed that someone in a pickup truck yanked the original statue off its pedestal. There’s no word what will happen to the recovered statue, but it’s reportedly under lock and key for the time being.
The cemetery is less than a mile off Illinois 53, aka old Route 66.