THE PLAQUE AT THE COMMUNITY CHURCH
|This stone and plaque was placed on the church's front yard on June 19,1994 by former residents of Lago Colony. The plaque is self-explanatory.|
The following was sent to me by Richard Sabine on January 5, 2009.
|I spent two weeks in Aruba over Christmas. I stayed with my adult son who is temporarily working at Valero and staying in bungalow 312. While jogging, I came upon the church and its plaque. I found the idea of a community forced to abruptly leave and to be scattered not unlike the Arcadians fascinating. My fascination led me to your web site. I find it gratifying that you and other Lago Colony members have found a way to remain intact.|
|I wrote back to Richard and asked if I could place his comment on the Feedback page of this web site. He wrote back.|
|Yes, please feel free to do so. Thank you for responding. I am also including a piece I wrote for my writing group which may give you insight into the effect the plaque may have on people that stop to read it.|
The well maintained
church is strangely out of place amid neighboring bungalows in varying
stages of decay and disrepair. It sits silently in bright sunlight upon
the hill that suddenly rises from a sandy beach of the Caribbean. A
plaque affixed to a large stone in front of the church explains the
THIS MONUMENT IS
DEDICATED TO THE MEN, WOMEN AND FAMILIES WHO LIVED IN LAGO COMMUNITY,
ARUBA AND TO ALL EMPLOYEES WHO WORKED FOR LAGO OIL & TRANSPORT COMPANY
LTD., A SUBSIDIARY OF STANDARD OIL OF NEW JERSEY, NOW EXXON.
DEDICATED JUNE 19, 1994
BY FORMER LAGO RESIDENTS.
Theirs, is a story of
paradise lost, an abruptly forced relocation that separated people and
place. The Lago Colony had to be an idyllic community, a near perfect
society. The residents were homogonous; they shared the same employer,
purpose and neighborhood. Even the bungalows were egalitarian, differing
mainly in the number of bedrooms and placement within the community.
There was no poverty. Every household had an employed breadwinner.
Employees were brought to the island because of their professional
skills and accordingly, the community was middle class with similar
values, unconcerned by problems of zoning, poverty or crime.