A book, commemorating the creation of the Oakley Veterans Memorial, has been completed and is available for sale through Shutterfly.com. The pictures and text will take you from the original memorial, dedicated in 1926, through the dedication of the new memorial on Veterans Day 2015. The following paragraph is from page 1, some photos from the book are also presented.
Soon after World War I ended there was a movement to create a route across the country, roughly along the 40th parallel. The route was called the Victory Highway. The idea was that along the route, whenever it crossed a county line a memorial would be placed. Each memorial would be identical; a bronze eagle, hovering at the edge of a nest, with wings spread out, protecting two eaglets. A bronze plaque listing the fallen heroes from each county was to be attached to the memorial. For whatever reason only six memorials were created. One was placed at the intersection of Bridgehead Road and Main Street and dedicated on May 31,1926. It stood at that location for 50 years. During construction of Senator John A. Nejedly Bridge (Antioch Bridge) in 1976 the memorial was removed.
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