Thursday, April 27, 2017

A monument to what?

Warren Henegar (1926-2012) served in combat in the Pacific during World War II. He believed certain wars are justified, but he was also a Quaker (Society of Friends). For the rest of his life, he insisted that efforts to bring peace far outweigh arguments for war.

Henagar settled in Bloomington, Indiana, after the war. He served on the Monroe County Board of Commissioners from 1977 until 1988, and was elected to three terms on the Monroe County Council. When he died, county officials remembered his long years of service, and how he was always an advocate for peace and non-violent solutions. They dedicated this monument in his honor on the courthouse lawn.  Monroe is one of very few counties in the United States with a monument to peace.

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