Local residents raised $25,000 to fund the project — then an enormous sum of money — pennies and dollars at a time by selling homemade bread and other simple commodities, according to Frances Justin, a volunteer on the project who attended the original dedication when she was 9 years old.
The monument has been moved three times since its completion, but Werner said that relatively little has been done to preserve it, and that it’s a shame the city has allowed the monument to reach its current state.
“It’s such a shame, we need to take care of things, that drives me crazy, when we have stuff that we don’t take care of,” Werner said. “It’s getting holes in it, it’s getting eroded, and I feel we don’t do our veterans justice when we don’t take care of things like that. I mean they gave their lives and we can’t take care of the statue?”
Werner said the committee has received a $3,000 commitment from the Institution for Savings, which will be used to restore one of the three panels behind the monument, and her hope is that other local banks and businesses will make a commitment to restore the other two panels as well.
Donations can be made payable to the Amesbury Veteran’s Memorials Restoration Committee at P.O. Box 333, Amesbury, 01913. The committee is composed of co-chairmen Paul Jancewicz and Ski Iworsky, Werner, Justin, Karen Baptiste, Bob Evans, Ruth Genova, Kathy Lucy and Mary Therrien.