Be Yours To Hold It High
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“Life” reaches forth from the tumult of war, as seen in this sculpture by Charles Adrian Pillars. The City of Jacksonville and its Rotary Club created this statue and park following the First World War, to remember the 1200 Floridians who gave their lives, to “Make the world safe for democracy” as President Woodrow Wilson put it. The park itself was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, providing Jacksonville with an important cultural site in the 20s and 30s. Now, as the city has grown it has become in many ways a neighborhood park, where children play, and health classes meet, not focusing on the losses of a century ago, in a world that while not "safe for democracy", perhaps safer for democracy.
May 19th, 2013
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