Section of Vietnam memorial breaks off, will be replaced

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A portion of the Vietnam veterans memorial at Barrows Park broke off during the week. It does not appear to have been caused by vandalism. Staff Photo/Max Bowen
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By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

A portion of the memorial to those who served in the Vietnam War has broken off, but vandalism is not believed to be the cause.

The damage was discovered on Wednesday, according to information shared on the town’s social media. A section of the large granite ‘V’ on the memorial had come loose and was broken from the fall. Veterans Agent Rebecca Jennings said that it appears that the glue holding the granite piece had worn off, something that has happened with the Korean War memorial in the past.

It doesn’t appear to be vandalized at all,” said Jennings.

The memorial is part of Barrows Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Holbrook Avenue and S. Washington Street. The park has Vietnam, Korean, and Desert Storm monuments, with names of veterans displayed. The Vietnam memorial lists the 237 North Attleborough residents who fought in the war, with the four Killed in Action on the front.

The park is in memory of Henry Barrow Senior and is considered Henry Barrows Park. It was originally made in 1888 with donations from the Barrow family. The park also added great monuments and memorials for veterans who have sacrificed their lives.

Jennings said the next step will be to meet with the Park and Recreation Department to see if an insurance claim can be filed.

That’s definitely our priority to get that fixed before anything else,” she said.

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