At 1 p.m. on May 26, an unusual event will take place at Peabody Township Library. A painting by an obscure and forgotten artist, depicting patriotic images and names of the men who served and died in World War I, will be re-dedicated in a ceremony on the lawn of the library.
The painting, which has hung in the library for as long as anyone can remember, is an item of mystery. There does not seem to be any published story about it, no one has heard of the artist, and no one knows why it has long occupied a large section of the library wall.
Some of the names of the men who went to war are familiar Peabody names, but there seem to be few family members left locally who remember them or their stories. Several people affiliated with the library have been donating time to research as many of the men as possible.
Sen. Jerry Moran and speakers from local churches will participate in the Memorial Day weekend re-dedication and honor the soldiers who fought and died in the “War to End War.”
Members of the Peabody American Legion will participate in a flag ceremony.
The ceremony will take place on the library lawn, weather permitting and the public is invited to attend. The library also will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, and again on Memorial Day from noon to 2 p.m. for those who want to view the painting or locate names on it.