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Statues returned to Boston Common after repairs

Workers hoisted one of four statues that were restored to Boston Common Thursday afternoon.

Joanne Rathe/Globe staff

Workers hoisted one of four statues that were restored to Boston Common Thursday afternoon.

Four statues that were removed from Boston Common years ago after they were vandalized, returned to the public park Thursday, officials said.

The four 10-foot-tall statues used to stand near the Frog Pond, according to Kelly Thomas, a project manager for the Boston Parks Department.

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They are part of a larger monument honoring fallen soldiers from the Civil War. The statues representing the Army, Navy, History, and Peace were defaced in the early 2000s and the Army man lost his head in the act of vandalism, Thomas said.

But Thursday, a $132,500 restoration project came to a close and the figures were returned to the park.

“I was thrilled to see them come back,” Thomas said by telephone Thursday. “It looks beautiful. And some people strolling by were stopping and observing.”

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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