A damaged and discarded statue of a World War I soldier is again standing guard over a memorial park in a northeast Ohio village — thanks to the efforts of some local veterans.
The 3½-foot high zinc World War I statue called Resting Doughboy was stolen from the park in Lakemore in September 2008. It had been there for 60 years.
Two weeks later, the statue was found in a nearby reservoir, the head smashed, his left hand and most of his rifle missing, and legs broken off at the ankles.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that two local veterans spent hundreds of hours welding and painting to restore the original statue.
On Monday, the doughboy was brought back for a dedication ceremony after the village's Veterans Day program.