A gathering under the November sun last Thursday was timely. Two days after a divisive presidential election, and a day before Veteran’s Day, a long-gone World War II hero reminded us of all there is to cherish and protect.
The statue for Lt. John Vincent Power was rededicated outside Worcester City Hall. The monument to the young man in uniform, left hand on hip and looking out into the world, now sports its original bronze finish at its post on the south side of City Hall.
The sculpture was refurbished using $10,000 in city funds — a small expenditure for a city son awarded the Medal of Honor.
Power demonstrated, according to the citation awarded his family by President Franklin Roosevelt, “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” during a victorious battle in the Marshall Islands Feb. 1, 1944.