FRAMINGHAM – In 1952, the City of Framingham dedicated a park to its Veterans on Route 126.
Famed American sculptor Emilius R. Ciampa created a monument and on the monument are plaques for each war and conflict.
But the park and its memorial monument has not been updated since 1985, said Framingham Police Lt. Robert Downing, an Army Veteran.
“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.”
So Lt. Downing set out to revitalize and update the park and the memorial monument in time for Veterans Day 2021.
Rousseau Realty sponsored the American Flag Pole.
Service Flag Poles were sponsored by the Connery Family, Richard & Judith Barbieri, Langley Family, Roy MacDowell and the MacDowell Family, MetroWest Vietnam Memorial, Paganella Family
Nick & Patricia Paganella sponsored a mosaic brick circle in the walkway that represents each branch of the military.
Benches were sponsored by the Devlin family, Hornfisher Family and Friends, Parsons Family, Reitter Family, Mutual One, Framingham Disability Commission, Framingham Fire Department, Framingham Police Department, Framingham Veterans Council
Other major sponsors according to Framingham Parks & Recreation Director James Snyder were Barbara and Walter Connery, City of Framingham, Elsa and David Hornfisher, Ellingwood Construction, Framingham Disability Commission, Framingham Order of Elks Lodge #1264, Framingham Police Association, Nicholas Paganella, Michael and Karen Fabbri, Middlesex Savings Bank, Mutual One, Philip and Valerie Ottaviani , and the Framingham Firefighters #1652.
Scores of residents also sponsored memorial bricks in the walkway and made donations to fund the park revitalization park.