Townspeople discuss proposed monument


WEST PARIS – The proposed new West Paris Veterans’ Monument was the topic at the May 15 meeting at the town office. A gathering of 20 discussed how names to be put on the monument should be chosen.

The group concurred that the names would be selected according to the rules of the Veterans’ Administration to make the system consistent with other town monuments and to make the choices fair. To be on the memorial a veteran must have lived in West Paris at the time of draft or enlistment and have served in a Congressionally declared war. Documentation in the form of a DD-214 must be presented to the town or a committee member for verification.

Residents decided that the new monument will be plaque-style because it is attractive, less expensive and easier to maintain. Plaque spaces will be left to accommodate the estimated number of names of military for at least 10 years. A Veterans’ Day goal was set for completion of the project.

Various fundraising projects were suggested, three to be implemented by June 1. Donations will be accepted at a table at Old Home Days on June 2, 3 and 4, and 50-50 tickets will be sold in conjunction with the Old Home Days celebration with drawings held nightly.

The committee will contact the West Paris Alumni Association to request that those people be made aware of the memorial effort and asked for donations. Meanwhile, donations may be mailed to Sylvia McCann (674-2114), 117 Main St., West Paris, or to the town office on Kingsbury Street.

The public is invited to the next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 12, at the town office.