$50k in state funding for Holyoke War Memorial

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – State Senator John Velis announced state funding to restore a Holyoke civil war monument.

It’s a monument in Veterans Park that needs work and two Holyoke men were grateful their call to Velis was answered. State Senator John Velis presented $50,000 check from Lady Liberty Restorations, so that the Holyoke War Memorial can be restored.

The 51 names on it are young men who died fighting in the civil war. The two men who alerted Velis about the deteriorating monument, were Veteran Donald Provost, and Michael Falcetti.

“I just happen to walk through the park and I looked up and saw the names, and said that’s terrible, at some point those names will be gone.” Michael Falcetti, Holyoke resident

“The names are starting to fade, and that’s just something, I don’t care if its civil war, Vietnam, WWII, if we forget their names, their memory, we are going down a bad path as a nation.” State Senator John Velis

Provost said a bronze plaque with the names of the civil war heroes, will be put over the area that has the names. That will ensure the names will always be preserved on this monument. After this is done, Michael and Donald want to make improvements to other war monuments in the city.

However, there is still more funding needed for the civil war one. The total cost of the restoration is estimated to be $110,000, so they’re counting on donations and local banks to cover the rest.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Only on WWLP.com | Digital First

More Digital First

Trending Stories