Pearls of the Past: Veterans Valor

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Take a stroll through downtown and it won’t take long to see plenty of artwork adorning the streets. But one particular statue tells the true story of heroism of five local military heroes who served in World War II.

On Veterans Day 2007, Naperville residents of all generations gathered for the dedication of “Veterans’ Valor.” The statue immortalizes five local veterans, four who received the silver star and one the distinguished flying cross.  Those same veterans were there in person to witness the statue’s reveal. At the time, the statue was the 28th piece of the Century Walk, which works to preserve significant people, places, and events in the community through art.

Today, there are more than 40 pieces of Century Walk art.