1.) Purple Heart Community - The board will present the state’s acceptance of its Purple Heart Community status at an upcoming Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Additionally, board members will discuss and seek approval for several related initiatives to include Purple Heart signage and a proposed Wakefield “Purple Heart Trail”
2.) Welcome Home Sign - Down for repairs, the Welcome Home sign was redesigned by Rich Manzi of the Sign Shop and is scheduled to return to its post at the Americal Civic Center early next month. The board agreed that the sign names will be changed bi-monthly. If you would like your veteran highlighted on the sign, visit this page.
3.) Veteran Relief Fundraising - The recently created Veteran Relief Fund is off and running thanks t a successfully implementation of the tax check off program last month. VSO Reddin informed the board that she is planning a couple of fundraising efforts in the coming months aimed to securing the fund’s long-term viability.
4.) Civil War Monument Project - Reddin informed the board that the Vermont Granite Works restoration company will visit Wakefield on May 27 to begin assessing the restoration of one of the area’s most beautiful Civil War monuments. The assessment will help the board plan a strategy for fixing its current deficiencies.
5.) Memorial Day Planning - Although still a couple months away, the board began discussing Memorial Day events this year to include: cleaning veteran graves in need of restoration and purchasing flags for grave decoration days. The board, led by its American Legion members, also agreed to the following dates:
May 19th - Veteran Grave Decoration, Lakeside Cemetery, 4 p.m.
May 23rd - Veteran Grave Decoration, Forest Glade Cemetery, 4 p.m.
May 25th - Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, 1 p.m.