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Rockford veteran and mother honored with a bench dedication at Klehm Arboretum

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A Rockford mother and son are honored together Sunday in a memorial ceremony.

A bench was unveiled to remember Dorothy and Alan Boyer  at Klehm Arboretum Sunday afternoon.

Alan went missing in action 48 years ago during the Vietnam War. A few months ago, the Army called saying his remains were identified.

Dorothy, his mother, spent her life as a member of Rockford Charter Chapter ViêtNow, never losing hope of finding her son. She passed a few years ago, and Sunday also would've been her birthday.

Alan's remains will go to Arlington National Cemetery, but ViêtNow wanted to do something locally to honor them.

"They're smiling down on us right now," said Roger Pelkey, event organizer with Rockford ViêtNow. "Because they made great sacrifices both for our country and our community."

Dorothy's husband and Alan's father, Charles Boyer, died in 1995. A nearby bench is already dedicated to him at Klehm Arboretum.

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