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a multi-day ceremony at Hunnewell Field, the town planted more than 325 trees, each dedicated to every resident who was in the war, in an area that would be known as Memorial Grove. Yet, nature and time slowly diminished the solemn tribute of that day. As the century passed, the people and the trees died. Memorial Grove isn't recognized as such anymore and is better known as an unnamed patch of land near the Brook Path, State Street parking lot, and Hunnewell and Reidy fields. But a group of residents aims to revive the memories and points to the significance of World War I by bringing Memorial Grove back to life. Last fall, to honor the six fallen soldiers, volunteers from the town's it was supposed to be the war to end all wars. But after four years of bloodshed and more than 16 million fatalities, World War I became the first of many wars in the 20th century. Maybe because of all those conflicts, and maybe because World War II commenced only 20 years later, World War I is sometimes overlooked. To some extent, it became a distant memory in Wellesley. Initially, townspeople had no intention of forgetting World War I. Only six months after Armistice Day — when Allied Forces and Germany ended hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month of 1918 — more than 4,000 people honored the six Wellesley residents who died in the war and the more than 300 men who served. As part of M E M O R I A L G R O V E P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y P E T E R B A K E R the Fallen A L B E R T M C K E O N writer Images supplied by Wellesley Celebrations Committee, American Legion Post 72, and Wellesley Historical Society 57 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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