FRAMINGHAM – Renovations to the monument at Framingham Veterans Memorial Park, located off Concord Street in Framingham, began today, September 3.
“The Veterans Memorial was last updated in 1985,” said Lt. Robert 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.”
Lt. Downing is working with a group of volunteers to update and beautify this memorial, along with Framingham Parks & Recreation Department and the Framingham Veterans Council.
The goal is to raise $250,000.
The second goal is to complete the restoration and add the “additional plaques to honor wars” after Vietnam by Veterans Day 2021.
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.
Charlie Rousseau donated the funds for the American flag & pole. Nick & Pat Paganella donated $5,000 for the U.S. Army Flag and pole.
Thus far about $90,000 has been raised, said Lt. Downing. The public can help with the project.
Personalized bricks also can be purchased (6 by 9 inches with a message) at $150 each.
The deadline to purchase a brick is September 17.