Park District of Oak Park asks for information about memorial plaque missing from the Stevenson Center

A bronze plaque dedicated to men who died in World War I was missing on Monday

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A Park District of Oak Park supervisor noticed Monday that a memorial plaque dedicated to local men who died during World War I was missing from the Stevenson Center.

Park District spokeswoman Diane Stanke said park district staff are looking for anyone with information on the disappearance of the bronze plaque. It had been on a boulder in front of the center in the first block of Lake Street. A statement from the park district said t's one of five in the village's parks and they serve as memorials to "Gold Star Men of the World War."

Anyone with information is asked to call the park district at 708-725-2022.

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Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 8:14 AM

I am glad to see the Oak Park Police Department taking vital and visible actions in this offense.

Mark McDermott from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 6:57 PM

Is there a record of the names on this memorial? These men must not be forgotten. With scrap metal prices relatively high, the various village governmental agencies should consider replacing all bronze, copper and brass plaques with duplicates made from resin or some similar material. Whichever scrap yard bought this should be prosecuted, in the unlikely event they should be identified.

bobbie raymond from Oak Park  

Posted: August 24th, 2012 10:41 AM

This is so sad and shocking. I always stop to look at this plaque when my grandson and I go to Stevenson playground. It is a time to pause and think about our young men who gave their lives so long ago. That someone could be so unfeeling and simply look at the plaque as a commodity to trade for money is a tragic comment on our society. Does this mean all of our bronze plaques are in danger?

S Weaver  

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 8:09 PM

Gee, it's bronze, it's readily available for theft. I wonder who stole it??????

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