Dedication ceremony for River Eagle ‘Hope’

Dedication of the River Eagle sculpture on the banks of the Mississippi River at the north end of Marquette Park was held Friday afternoon, Nov. 12. The 14-foot cross is made from recycled girders of the 1932 Savanna-Sabula bridge. The sculptor is Savanna native Ramon “Jay” Castro of Freeport, center, with back to camera. “The village has produced mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, athletes, farmers, tradesmen and women, scholars, lawyers, Green Berets, Navy Seals and an astronaut,” Castro said at the dedication. “The river eagle, ‘Hope,’ is homegrown, realized, welded, refined up on the ridge, sometimes in the rain. Carried and placed by the village citizen work crews in its Savanna Mississippi River home, for this I thank you.”