July 17 marked the sixth anniversary of the Lewiston City Council’s decision to name a park in honor of our local veterans. It is a fitting time to remember all who helped create such a beautiful and lasting tribute to our veterans.
Joe Paradis, Korean War veteran and POW, provided the vision, leadership and perseverance to bring the park into being. His hard work – he single-handedly collected over 1,400 signatures and 50 letters of support to present to the City Council – shows the power of one individual to make a difference. His efforts have inspired countless others to continue to work hard to provide the benches, monuments and landscaping for the park.
We should all take pride in Veterans Memorial Park and be thankful that our community is filled with wonderful individuals who give their all to make a difference.
Sen. Peggy Rotundo, Lewiston