Donations needed For War Memorial Dedication

SANDWICH – A proposed Vietnam memorial in Sandwich, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Selectmen and Historical Commission last December, is closer to becoming a reality.

$15,000 has been given the go ahead by the Community Preservation Committee, but must still be approved by voters at the May town meeting. If it passes, it will cover the cost of the three foot high marker.

Although the Barnstable American legion Post 206 has raised $8,000 for the dedication ceremony, member Carl Johansen says the goal has yet to be reached. “It’s going to take considerably more money and that’s why we’re asking for donations to help on that dedication day.”

If installed it will be the first of its kind on Cape Cod.

The design has bronze emblems for the five service branches and the merchant Marine, a map of Vietnam and an inscription that mentions veterans from Sandwich.

Johansen says the idea was conceived due to the actions of a great friend to veterans. “A document that was issued by President Obama recognizing all of the Vietnam War veterans and the 50th anniversary of the end of the war.” The President’s proclamation called upon federal, state and local officials to commemorate the anniversary with programs, ceremonies and activities.

The proposed date for the ceremony is Veteran’s Day, which is November 11th, at 1 PM.

Donations can be made to the Sandwich or Barnstable American Legion Posts.

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