Children play by the Peace Triumphant Memorial during Day in Our Village last year at Scoville Park. | FILE

War bludgeons our souls
and imbeds fear unrelentingly …
all people bear the pain lifelong.

Remembering what others have done
while allowing us comfort,
is travesty and denial.

Today we remember all who fought
too many wars and bear the scars
of thinking we are all free.

Guns everywhere bludgeon our communities …
the travesty of thinking we are free.
How must we honor all people, as valuable in our community.

Mary Rose Lambke
Oak Park

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