FRAMINGHAM – A 90-pound bronze plaque will be installed in the Memorial Building to honor Veterans, who are women.
The plaque proposed by the Framingham Veterans Council, received unanimous support from Framingham Selectmen Tuesday night, April 18. Selectmen voted to authorize the funding, as well as the location, of the plaque.
The solid bronze plaque is 3 feet wide and 2 feet high. The cost is $3,990.
Framingham Chief Financial Officer MaryEllen Kelley said there is money in the Framingham Veterans Services budget to cover the cost of the plaque and installation, that there would be no need for funding authorization from Framingham Town Meeting.
The Framingham Veterans Council discussed and voted unanimously 6-0 in October 2016 to choose the plaque style and wording for the plaque.
The wording was written by Veterans Council member Dawn Ross, a U.S. Naval Veteran.
It states “Framingham Women Veterans – In honor and appreciation of all Framingham women who served proudly to preserve America’s freedom. Our gratitude is bestowed upon all the courageous women who volunteered to bravely defend and preserve the liberties and freedoms of this great land through their military service.”
Other Veterans Council members are Eric Finn, Nicholas Paganella, Richard Constant, Jerry Blanchett, and William Blumsack. Non-voting members of the Council are Veterans Services Officer (VSO) Peter Harvell, Framingham State VSO Jacquelyn Wolf and MassBay VSO Marie Hahs.