Part II – Market Square Flagpole and Base
“We are glad to fight for the ultimate peace of the world and for the liberation of its people.”
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States (1856 – 1924)
The concrete base of the flagpole in Market Square bears the inscription, above, on the north side.
A local resident of the time, F.P. Smith, worked with Wire and Iron Works of Chicago to create this design. It was delivered and erected on the site for $3.80/lineal foot.
Troops and Home Guards were present at the 1917 dedication ceremony as was a band from the Army base at Ft. Sheridan. Words inscribed on the south portion of the base read: “Dedicated to the men of Lake Forest who give themselves for the safety of their country and the world.”
Lake Forest lost 16 residents in World War I. Ten died from disease and six died in battle. Their collective sacrifice is remembered in the words memorialized on the base of the flagpole in Market Square.