Photos: World War II Days and Peace Pole dedication

September 25, 2013

A rare Russian-made T-34/85 tank returns to bivouac after Sunday's mock battle at Midway Village Museum's World War II Days Sept. 22. The event ran both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

U.S. and Soviet troops portray the historic meeting between Allies on the Elbe River at the conclusion of World War II at Midway Village's World War II Days. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

A combat photographer captures the action during Sunday's battle at Midway Village Museum's World War II Days Sept. 22. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

U.S. re-enactors take cover behind Allied tanks during Sunday's mock battle at Midway Village Museum's World War II Days. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

Jim and Pam Keeling explain the Peace Pole project at a Saturday, Sept. 21, ceremony. A peace pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its four sides, usually in different languages. To date, more than 300,000 peace poles have been dedicated in more than 180 countries around the globe. Peace poles can be found in town squares, city halls, schools, places of worship, parks and gardens, and any place where the spirit of peace is embraced by people of good will. The peace pole dedication at Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Park in Rockford celebrated peace and diversity in Winnebago County. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

The Council Choraleers children's choir performs at the Peace Pole dedication Saturday, Sept. 21, at Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Park on Church Street in downtown Rockford. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

Posted Sept. 25, 2013

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