The official peace statue of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—so designated by the legislature in 1998—resides in the lovely Memorial Park on the banks of the Millers River in the center of the peaceful town of Orange. The 12-foot bronze sculpture, created by Joseph Pollia in 1934 as a memorial to veterans of World War I, depicts a weary doughboy with one arm around a young schoolboy. A plaque on the base carries the inscription “It Shall Not Be Again” against a shrouded figure of grief ; 13 stars honor Orange veterans who died in the war. The nationally recognized statue provides a moving background to gatherings of veterans’ organizations, of peace activists, and of causal visitors who are perhaps less casual after contemplating the memorial.Directions:
From Rte. 2, take Exit 15 and follow Rte. 122 north. Memorial Park is on the right, just before Orange Center.
Orange Town Hall
6 Prospect St.
Orange, MA 01369