By Quentin Choy
May 17, 2021
This is the first post in my “Sights and Wonders” series on WeTheCommoners. While politics is an engaging and critical subject to discuss, sometimes, it’s nice just to sit back and relax and discuss things like art, culture, and history.
The “Sights and Wonders” series looks at beautiful, inspirational pieces of artwork I see on my travels as well as the history behind the art.
I just returned from a trip down to Colorado Springs with my girlfriend and her family, and we visited nearby Manitou Springs, which Thrillist rated as the most hippie town in Colorado back in 2016.
Nestled in the mountains at the base of Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs hosts several fun things to explore which I will discuss in a future post.
Memorial Park, located near the entrance to Manitou Springs, displays a large statue of one of Manitou Springs’ most honored heroes: George Eber Duclo. He was a Marine and was the first soldier from Manitou Springs to die in World War I, being killed in France in 1918.
Duclo enlisted in the Marines in 1916, and the United States entered the war in 1917 after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and fears that Germany was forming a military alliance with Mexico that would support Mexico retaking the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
World War I, also known as the “Great War” devastated Europe with Germany, France, Britain, and Russia each suffering over 1 million casualties.
This humble statue in Manitou Springs is an honor to the town’s greatest hero and to an era of American history gone by.