VIDEO: World War I Memorial Decommissioned

As the fundraising comes close to their goal, the World War I Memorial will be removed soon.

Town and state officials along with veterans and school children gathered in front of to say goodbye to the World War I Memorial, which will be replaced.

"Within about a week or so, the memorial will be removed," said Arthur Dobson, a Korean War veteran who has been involved with the fundraising to replace the memorial. "We had to decommission it first and we have over $70,000 in funding, not including the in-kind donations as well."

About $150,000 is needed to replace the memorial, and the Veterans Council has worked throughout the year to raise the funds. To donate, visit their website.

The 80-year-old monument had fallen in disrepair throughout the years, but the new project will include a stone wall surrounding the flagpole.

All donations (100% of all donations used for new monument) should be sent to: Victor Quaranta American Legion Post # 397 P.O. Box 670 Shrewsbury, Ma. 01545.

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