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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts- The Shrewsbury Veterans Council proudly announces the dedication of the new World War One Memorial this Veteran’s Day (November 11th, 2013) in front of the Beal Early Childhood Center, at 1 Maple Avenue in Shrewsbury.
The dedication will begin at 10:30am, and all are encouraged to come and be a part of this historical celebration.
The Shrewsbury Veterans Council formed over six years ago with the intention of replacing the old World War 1 Memorial due to faltering condition. The Veteran’s Council has been meeting monthly for the last two years to raise funds to build a new memorial in its place; with the Veteran’s day dedication marking the project’s completion. Shrewsbury veterans have raised an approximated $125,000 for this project through public and private donations, school fundraisers, and grants. Art Dobson, a Shrewsbury veteran on the Council who served in the Marine Corps, shared his enthusiasm at the completion of this massive project. “Even the pre-schoolers were involved,” he said in an interview. “They held a penny drive along with the first graders, and managed to raise $700.”
“It has been an honor to build,” said John Masiello, the lead contractor on the memorial project. John proudly describes the monument in detail- it is thrilling to see the Memorial come to fruition. It is built entirely out of Massachusetts native granite, with cast-in-place concrete foundations, and a 35ft aluminum flag pole. The project has taken two and a half months to complete, with a delay in September due to a granite shortage. The monument is expected to be fully completed on November, 4th.
The old monument, built in 1928 by the sister of Howard Beal, had finally shown its age to such an extent that it was deemed disrespectful to keep erect. The new one in its place proudly remembers the fallen eight from Shrewsbury, and all of the brave men that fought during World War I- which represented 10% of the town’s population of that time.
The Veteran’s Council will turn the monument over to the town at the Veteran’s Day celebration, and will ceremoniously raise the American flag on its new pole. Selectman Jim Kane will act as master of ceremonies, and Town Manager Dan Morgado will be the keynote speaker for the event.
A job well done for the Shrewsbury community, and a major Congratulations to the Shrewsbury Veterans Council for spearheading this monumental project!