It is hard to create a perfect event. But Oak Park did it Sunday as the World War I monument in Scoville Park was rededicated. Much to celebrate, much to ponder in seeing this entirely familiar, yet freshly revealed, tribute to our villages’ heroes of a century ago.

We focus on the optimism and the irony that 85 years ago our ancestors named this monument Peace Triumphant. We recognize the common experience as Don Harmon recalls that, as a boy, this was a monument to war, that as he has matured it is a prayer for peace.

Memories renewed as we look again at the names of 2,446 of our once young fellows. Hopes raised even as we fight two wars. Thanks given to all who made the day possible.

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