Newbury WWII Memorial Committee forges ahead

Courtesy photoThe design of the proposed World War II memorial park in Byfield.  

NEWBURY — The WWII Memorial Committee has been working hard to meet its vision of dedicating a commemorative park at 2 Central St. on Veterans Day, but help is needed to make that a reality.

The proposal calls for a walkway of brick and granite pavers with the names of veterans who did or did not return from World War II. There will be a flagpole, granite memorial benches and plantings. The project carries an estimated price tag of $59,000, but the committee has raised only $1,500.

“We have reached out to individuals, banks and businesses,” said member Evelyn Noyes, adding that the group is also working with Selectwoman Alicia Greco to research possible grants.

The group worked with the Highway Department in October to move a 6-ton memorial stone bearing the names of 117 local World War II soldiers from private property at 11 Central St. to the memorial park, also known as American Legion Park.

The project is the brainchild of Byfield resident Fred Davis.

Anyone wishing to support the effort can send a check addressed to the Town of Newbury with “WWII Memorial Fund” on the memo line to: Town Hall, 12 Kent Way, Byfield, MA 01922. People interested in volunteering can contact Noyes at e.m.noyes@comcast.net.

“Contributions of any amount will be appreciated,” she said.

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