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    Beverly seeks artist for Vietnam Memorial Plaza

    Beverly is seeking an artist to design a public sculpture that would serve as a memorial to residents who served in the Vietnam War. The sculpure will be located in the Vietnam Memorial Plaza at 1 Ellis Square. Artists are asked to submit designs by noon on Oct. 6 that include the names of all Beverly residents who were killed in action; references to the site’s significance; and historical information on the war. The winner will be announced Nov 10, the day before Veterans Day. In 1981, then-mayor Peter Fortunato built a park within the square, naming it Vietnam Memorial Plaza at One Ellis Square. Officials said the plaza has historical significance for local Vietnam veterans, because it was the location of the Beverly draft office during the war, and draftees sat on benches while awaiting buses to their physical exams. For more information, go to the Economic Development page on the city’s website,


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