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Continued: 'The Great War's' great impact

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Three names — Cyrus Foss Chamberlain, William Rathert and George M. Reynolds — stand apart.

Chamberlain came from a prominent family, and flew for France’s elite Lafayette Escadrille squadron. He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre after his plane was shot down.

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.

– “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.

The Star Tribune Editorial Board and the Minnesota International Center are partners in “Great Decisions,” a monthly dialogue discussing foreign-policy topics. Want to join the conversation? Go to www.micglobe.org.

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