Friday, February 29, 2008
Planning continues for Veterans Honor Roll restoration
Back in October of 2006, the Selectmen reviewed the condition of the Veterans Honor Roll memorial that sits on the Town Common and recommended that it be repaired or even replaced with “granite or some other more permanent material.” The Town Common Committee requested Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds in 2007 in the amount of $22,000 to repair the wooden Honor Roll and move it back a few feet to provide a gathering area in front of the memorial. After debate on what type of renovation was most appropriate, Town Meeting rejected the request and the Selectmen formed a study committee to recommend next steps. The committee, comprised of Chair Doug Stevenson, Alan Carpenito (both Selectmen), Larry Bearfield of Ferns Country Store, and veterans Greg Fairbank, Ned Berube and Alan Cameron, studied the history of the current memorial and found that it had been built and expanded by volunteers in the late 1940s and mid 1970s. The committee determined that the present Honor Roll is in a state of advanced disrepair. Berube stated that it has even become a home for a colony of mice. In addition, in its present state it is difficult, as Berube put it, “to see and understand who served when.”
Berube noted that there is a monument to the 16 people who marched to Concord’s North Bridge from Carlisle on the morning of April 18, 1775, a large fieldstone with a plaque, just to the left of the First Religious Society. The committee’s current plan is to upgrade the Town Common’s Honor Roll by building a memorial “that is tasteful and consistent with the feeling of the town, and at a safe distance from the street, so that people could go and visit it” and drivers would not be distracted while navigating their way around the rotary in the Town Center. It would be made of fieldstones, similar to the Revolutionary War memorial, with plaques for veterans of each war, clearly distinguishing one conflict from another and clearly denoting the names of those who served and, in at least three cases so far, gave their lives.
To that end, the committee most recently requested from the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) approximately $15,000 in CPA funds for drawing and planning, and $100,000 for the landscaping, grading and building of the memorial itself.On February 25 the CPC tabled this request until their next meeting, at which time the Veterans Honor Roll Committee will be able to present more specific assessments of the cost and look of the monument.
In the meantime, the Veterans Honor Roll Committee is attempting to collect names for inclusion on the town’s veteran’s memorial. Eligible veterans [see box] who served or are currently serving in the military will be included. âˆ†
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