Temporary repair to be made at Vietnam veterans memorial

A portion of the Vietnam veterans memorial at Barrows Park broke off last August. Staff Photo/Max Bowen

By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

In preparation for Memorial Day, a temporary repair will be made to a Vietnam veterans memorial which suffered damage last August.

Park and Recreation Director Steve Carvalho said that a section of the large granite ‘V’ on the memorial which came loose and broke was still in the process of being repaired. Delays in supply chains are seen as the primary reason. Following an assessment of the damage, it was estimated that the repairs would take up to six months to complete.

Bottom line, we’re not going to get the granite in in time,” said Carvalho at a Town Council meeting on April 25.

Carvalho said that on May 6, the rest of the granite V would be removed and a temporary aluminum one set up, so that veterans could be honored properly during the Memorial Day parade, to be held on Saturday, May 28.

Supply delays have held back other projects in North Attleborough, including the vehicle scale at the at the Reycling Center and the roof at Community School.

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 It was originally made in 1888 with donations from the Barrow family.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.