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Three names — Cyrus Foss Chamberlain, William Rathert and George M. Reynolds — stand apart.
Rathert fell to another wartime scourge — the epidemic of flu and respiratory disease that traveled in the trenches and beyond.
No information could be found on Reynolds.
“Greater love hath no man than this,” the plaque reads below their names. Left unsaid is the rest of John 15:13 – “that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Sadly, the plaque does not reference Isiah 2:4, which contains the wishful words about beating swords into plowshares.
Maybe that was wise. After all, the “War to End all Wars” tragically didn’t.
John Rash is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. The Rash Report can be heard at 8:20 a.m. on Friday on WCCO Radio, 830-AM. On Twitter: @rashreport.
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