WESTERLY — Town Manager J. Mark Rooney, a retired U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, will be the keynote speaker during a Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the War Memorial at the corner of Grove and Granite streets.
The ceremony will include a dedication of six military seals and the unveiling of new protective granite bollards. Former Town Council President Edward Morrone will be the master of ceremonies.
The original World War I monument in the center of the memorial was dedicated 82 years ago. The Westerly Memorial Committee has been working for years to raise funds and arrange for installation of bollards to protect the memorial from potential damage from errant motor vehicles. Over the years, several vehicles narrowly missed the World War I monument but caused significant damage to other parts of the memorial.
The new bollards, purchased through donations from residents, businesses and the town, are made from Westerly granite; a bronze plaque of a branch of the military is mounted on each one. The bollards have been constructed to withstand the force of a vehicle crashing into them.
Additional parking, if needed, will be available at the state boat launch parking lot at 99 Main St., with a shuttle going to and from the ceremony.
— Dale P. Faulkner