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Veterans Memorial Park (Memorials)

FAIRHAVEN MEMORIALS                                     

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
Location: South Side of RTE 6 Between Main and Middle Streets


*               TO HONOR              * 
THE CITIZENS OF FAIRHAVEN
WHO SERVED
IN PAST WARS
THIS TABLET IS PLACED HERE BY
THE
TOWN OF FAIRHAVEN
* *  1980  * *

THEY SERVED WITH DISTINCTION
*                                           *

Memorial Park as it appears today, dedicated, 1980.


     The original memorial, an honor role listing all who served during World War II, was dedicated Memorial Day May 30, 1943 (see top picture, next page).  The memorial was constructed by Post 166, American Legion, Fairhaven but according to the Standard Times, in a May 22, 1952 article, it was dedicated on Memorial Day 1944.  The total cost was $1,800, paid for from post funds and public subscriptions.  Later, additional panels were added, one on each side, to the structure (see bottom picture, next page). 
     In 1952, Post commander Russell LaFrance and Past Commander George Bunnell petitioned the Town to make needed repairs.  The town could not because it did not legally own the structure.  The honor Roll was donated to the town, and accepted, at the next town meeting.
     In the meantime Post 166  painted and made the memorial presentable for the May 1952 Memorial Day celebration In 1980, the original wooden structure was dismantled and replaced with a stone wall and bronze plaque dedicated to all who served in past wars.

Source: Various old,  undated  newspaper articles, Millicent Library