In July, the Vietnam Vets of America, Quad Cities Chapter, dedicated a monument to John Baker, who was awarded a CMH for heroism in Vietnam. The top of the monument has a quite nice bronze eagle atop a stone obelisk.
The location of the monument is a bit odd… in front of the Jumers hotel and casino in Rock Island, Illinois. While I’ve little use for casinos, I must admit to some admiration for Jumers. The Illinois gaming commission has laws strictly limiting the location of casinos. I believe the law is written that only casinos “on water” are legal; the intent here was to mean that only riverboat casinos are legal. But the “on water” wording turned out to have a loophole, which Jumers exploited: the gaming floor, as I understand it, rests on a large, flat bladder filled with water, something like 3/8″ thick. It’s not a boat, but it’s on water.