Formal Dedication Ceremony to be Held on Memorial Day
WRENTHAM — Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that the Town of Wrentham’s new Persian Gulf War Memorial was placed on Thursday, Jan. 28.
The memorial, which is placed on Town Common, consists of a stone that displays a map carving of the Persian Gulf and military emblems on one side, and a list of those who served in the armed forces during the Persian Gulf War from Operation Desert Storm through Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq, including Afghanistan operations, on the other side.
The Persian Gulf War Memorial project was spearheaded by Wrentham resident and U.S. Army veteran Raymond Rose. The memorial was designed and installed by a local monument company, Tribute in Stone.
The Town received a $15,000 grant from the State Historical Records Advisory Board and a $16,000 grant from the Sweatt Memorial Trust to subsidize the costs of the Persian Gulf War Memorial. The grants funded both the creation and installation.
Additional support was provided by the Wrentham Board of Selectmen, the Town Common Landscape Committee and the following individuals:
- Cindy Thompson, Wrentham Town Clerk
- Chad Lovett, Wrentham Director of Facilities
- Rebecca Jennings, Veterans Service Agent
- Shila & Todd Duffy, Tribute in Stone
- Hayden Holster, local Eagle Scout, who hosted a fundraising project to fund the creation of a walkway approaching the memorial.
The Town of Wrentham is planning to hold a formal dedication ceremony for the memorial on Memorial Day later this year.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank the many residents, town officials and other agencies who came together to make this memorial possible,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “A tremendous amount of hard work went into this memorial, and we are pleased to honor the many Wrentham veterans whose names are included on it and look forward to formally dedicating the memorial later this year.”