On October 6, 2014, the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority’s Advisory Board voted unanimously to allow a committee of former Marines, including the MWRTA Administrator, to begin developing plans to place a Vietnam Veteran’s Monument on the east side and front of the new Maintenance and Operations facility at 15 Blandin Avenue, Framingham, MA. The monument completion date at that time was projected to be Veteran’s Day, 2015 and would coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. Given that the average tour in Vietnam was 13 months, it was felt that this was an appropriate length of time to complete the project.
As the project developed and the committee grew, the scope of the monument changed from a simple statue on a block of granite to something far more outstanding. The committee feels that this project is something that may become a destination in the future. And given that it is located at a transportation intermodal node, hundreds of people will pass it every day.
The MetroWest RTA is comprised of 15 contiguous communities, with Framingham as the hub. During the Vietnam War, the Selective Service Office and most of the enlistment and recruiting was done in Framingham. Therefore, it seems appropriate to take this regional approach to honor those from MetroWest who gave their lives during the war. Criteria for names on the MetroWest monument will simply be that it will reflect those who are (or will be) on the “Wall” in Washington, DC, and enlisted (or where drafted) from any of the member communities.
Jeff Buccacio, an internationally recognized artist and sculptor, has agreed to work with the committee and help design and build the project.
The Committee has committed to raising at least $200K for this project. One of the revenue streams will come from individual bricks that will be made into a plaza surrounding the monument. In the FY 2016 state budget, Senator Karen Spilka, without being asked by the committee, was able to get $100,000 approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor for this worthy project. It is now on the irrevocable course. We hope to be breaking ground for the MetroWest Vietnam Veterans in the spring of 2016.
- Ed Carr, Chair
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