Photo of the Day: Marching Back Into Framingham

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FRAMINGHAM – Look who is marching back into the City of Framingham today, November 28.

Workers could be seen installing the soldiers all over the City.

The replicas of the Shoppers World soldiers are being delivered to their locations across the City of Framingham, including the new women and soldiers of color created last year by former Mayor Yvonne Spicer.

The old Shoppers World in Framingham was a joyous place during Christmas. Between Jordan March and the cinema, stood 24 wooden soldiers. The soldiers were actually a promotional idea. The originals were hand-crafted by the Shoppers World maintenance worker and woodworker Hal Purrington.

In 1994, Shoppers World was demolished, the 20-foot General disappeared forever but many of the original soldiers were given away or sold.

The red, blue, and gold, soldiers each carrying a shiny black wooden rifle, stand 10-feet tall and are replicas of the originals.

Last year 34 soldiers were scattered throughout the City. It is unknown at this time how many soldiers will go out in 2022.

Photo by Isabella Petroni

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