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FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex Savings Bank’s Foundation has made a $2,500 donation to fund to renovate Framingham Veterans Memorial Park.

Framingham Police Lt. Robert Downing, a U.S. Army Veteran, said the fund is at about $85,000 now.

The goal is to raise $200,000.

“The Veterans Memorial was last updated in 1985,” said Lt. Downing. “Since then, there has been a generation of Veterans who have defended this country and deserve the recognition on this memorial alongside those who served before them.”

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The upgrades to the Park will include cleaning the memorial by famed American Sculptor Emilius R. Ciampa erected in 1952 and associated plaques, add additional plaques to honor conflicts after Vietnam, install flag poles for each branch of the military, repair walkways and other surfaces to bring them into compliance with ADA requirements, and add signage and story boards to document the history of Framingham’s veterans.

The second goal is to complete the restoration and add the “additional plaques to honor wars” after Vietnam by Veterans Day 2021.

The public can help with the project.

There is a GoFundMe to make donations.

Personalized bricks can be purchased (6 by 9 inches with a message) at $150 each.

There are still a handful of flag poles that can be donated at $5,000 each.

Charlie Rousseau (pictured below in pink shirt) donated the funds for the American flag.

Nick & Pat Paganella donated $5,000 for the U.S. Army Flag.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.