Scoville Park’s World War I memorial was finally unfenced Friday after more than a year of renovation and construction.

The Park District of Oak Park took the wraps off the renovations last week, which took longer than a year to complete.

The statue was originally supposed to be finished by last Veterans Day for a rededication ceremony with Gov. Pat Quinn. However, unexpected damage to the statue’s foundation proved both costly and time-consuming to fix.

There’s a new rededication ceremony being planned, though. A committee is meeting on Oct. 4 to set plans, according to park district spokeswoman Diane Stanke.

Previous discussions have suggested inviting Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Quinn, Stanke said in July. The committee has also discussed reenacting the original 1925 dedication ceremonies, including hiring a bugler.

The rededication is tentatively planned for Sunday, November 7 at 2 p.m., with a briefer, more traditional ceremony at the monument on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., followed by a program at the Oak Park Arms.

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