It wasn't too long ago when a great number of local residents came out to see the unveiling of the new Sept. 11 Monument at the Acton Public Safety facility. On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, a new Veterans monument will officially be a part of Acton's many memorials.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the signing of the Armistice in 1918 ended the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the 21st century, Acton will see a Veterans memorial on their Town Common.
- The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and the Acton Minutemen will kick it off with a volley and an educational segment about the history of the American flag and the United States of America.
- There will be a reception in the Faulkner Room of the Acton Town Hall following the ceremony and Veterans and their families are welcome. Veterans are encouraged to RSVP with Lili at email@example.com or 978-929-6512 by the close of business on November first.
In the video:
- Highway Superintendent, Russell Robinson, talks with Acton Patch about how his department helped the town build a temporary handicap ramp leading into the Town Hall for the reception in the Faulkner Room.
- Yin Peet of Contemporary Arts International (CAI) in Acton, MA, talks with Acton Patch about how her partner, Viktor Lois and herself, were asked by Assistant Town Manager, Tom Murray, to donate their granite sculpting abilities to the Town.
Although the project has been discussed for several years now, it wasn’t until recently when John Murray, the assistant to the Town Manager & Director of Public Ceremony, had a meeting with couple dozen local veterans at the warehouse of the Highway Department building in Acton, to discuss the wording that the Vets would like to see on the monument.
- An estimated amount of $30,000 was donated from various sources for this memorial.
- The shopping plaza on Main Street that hosts Not Your Average Joe’s, Dunkin Donuts, T.C. Lando’s and many other businesses donated the piece of granite.