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Holyoke honors WWI veteran still listed as 'missing in action'

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It's been nearly 100 years, and Private George G. Clarke is still considered "missing in action" in World War I. 

But time is not stopping his community from keeping his legacy alive.

Holyoke officials, veterans and VFW members honored Clarke at a ceremony at Holyoke City Hall Thursday.

Private Clarke was presumably killed in February 1918 in France, although the details of his death are still unknown.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse presented his great-nephew, Steve Clarke, and the Holyoke VFW with a proclamation in his honor.

"It just makes us reflect on all of those fellows who gave their lives for what this country is today. He had plans just like any other guy who goes off to war and didn't get to fulfill that," Steve Clarke said.

"The 100th anniversary of the First World War is fast approaching, and it's good to refocus on the sacrifices made by those veterans. No one is ever forgotten with us," said Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 801 Brian Willette. 

VFW Post 801 in Holyoke is officially named after private Clarke.

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