The Monroe County Board of Commissioners is pleased to invite the public to attend the dedication of the County’s Peace Monument to Warren Henegar on Friday November 29th at 5:30pm. A plaque dedicating the statue to Henegar will be unveiled preceding the annual Canopy of Lights event on the Courthouse Square.
Henegar served Monroe County as a Commissioner (1977-84) and as a Councilor (1970-76, 1989-94 and 2004-12). As a Commissioner, he ensured that Monroe County would be one of a few counties in the United States which has a monument dedicated to peace. The Peace Monument is located on the southwest corner of the courthouse lawn.
Henegar served his country and community during World War II and served our community as an elected official for nearly 30 years. He died on August 21st 2012, while serving on the County Council.
"Henegar was a consistent advocate for peace and we find it fitting to dedicate this memorial to Henegar on the night in which our community begins the celebration of a season focused on peace and goodwill," said Monroe County Commissioner Iris Kiesling.
Henegar’s daughter, Bloomington Township Trustee Lillian Henegar said, "On behalf of my mother, JoAnna Nix Henegar and my family, we thank the Commissioners and the citizens of Monroe County for recognizing my father’s service to the community he loved. He often said he was born a Texan but came to Indiana as soon as he heard about it! He loved Monroe County and he loved peace, working for both in a variety of ways - mental health, community corrections, waste and soil management, the list goes on. Dad believed that good government is indispensable to a good community and civil society. So, it is fitting that this plaque honoring him is placed on the Courthouse Square beside the Peace Monument."
"The Peace statue came about as a consequence of Warren's deep concern that the Vietnam conflict seemed endless," said John Irvine, a former County Commissioner who served with Henegar. "There were many who still supported the war at the time, and there was vociferous opposition--both groups chose the court house as their forum. Warren became convinced that a balance was needed in the courthouse's monuments and the memorials to honor our war dead should be augmented by a memorial to peace. And, so Bloomington has one of the few Peace Monuments in the country. It stands not only as a monument to peace, but a monument to one man's commitment to humanity."
The plaque’s inscription reflects Henegar’s service to his community and dedication to peace:
"Warren Henegar, a Quaker, served Monroe County on the Board of Commissioners 1977-1984, and the County Council 1970-1976, 1989-1994, 2004-2013.
Through his efforts Monroe County is one of only a few counties within the United States that has a monument to Peace.
Warren served his country during WW II in the Pacific. He returned believing that some wars were justified, but all efforts to bring peace to the world far outweighed arguments attempting to justify war.
Warren was a constant advocate for peace and nonviolent resolutions.
Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" embodies the philosophies that guided and served Warren Henegar.
Today, November 29, 2013, we dedicate this Memorial of Peace to our friend and civil servant, Warren Henegar.
November 30, 1926-August 21, 2012"