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November 2, 2013

Spotlighting our memorial squares

New signs will give new look to veterans' tributes

There are 23 named memorial squares around the city of Gloucester, from downtown to Lanesville, Magnolia and everywhere in between.

Twenty-two of them are named in honor of individual Gloucester veterans from the city who were killed in action during wartime, with the 23rd dedicated in honor of the American Legion. And each has been noted with a commemorative signs.

Many of those signs, over time, have been lost, stolen damaged or just become worn. But that’s about to change. The city, through its Veterans Services Office and the mayor’s office, had ordered new signs for each of the squares, and Gloucester Veterans Agent Richard Barbato hosted an unveiling this week at the veterans office on Emerson Avenue.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk noted that the new signs will “offer the city an opportunity to revisit these squares and to remember who these men were, their service to our country and the sacrifice they made in defense of all that we hold dear.”

The signs, however, have not yet been installed. That project, Barbato said, should be carried out in the coming weeks.

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