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Names wanted for Veterans Memorial Wall

The town of Weymouth is looking for a few good men and women whose names should be on the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Wall next to the town hall.

Plaques on the wall currently recognize more than 8,000 local residents who served in military conflicts going back to the French and Indian War in the 1700s and through today’s involvement in the Persian Gulf.

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But George Pontes, director of veterans’ services for Weymouth, said he has long heard that some names are missing – and his department is using the restoration of the memorial wall as an opportunity to try to reach the people who have been left off.

So far, about 100 veterans from World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam have asked for their names to be added, he said.

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Veterans or their families and friends have until Oct. 1 to submit a request, Pontes said.

All honorably discharged Weymouth veterans are eligible if they served any time during the Persian Gulf from Aug. 2, 1990, to the present; in Vietnam from Feb. 1, 1955, through May 7, 1975; in Korea from June 25, 1950, through Jan. 31, 1955; in World War II from Sept. 16, 1940, through Dec. 31, 1946; or in World War I from April 6, 1917, through Nov. 11, 1918.

The town is using approximately $763,000 in Community Preservation Act money for the Veterans Memorial Wall project, Pontes said.

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He said his department plans to unveil the restored brick wall and updated bronze plaques in a ceremony on Veterans Day in November.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.
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