NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are hundreds, if not thousands, of names on the Veterans Memorial Wall of men and women from North Adams who served in the nation's wars dating back to World War I.
But city officials know there are a lot names missing from its more recent conflicts.
Stephen Roy, director of veterans services, in conjunction with Mayor Richard Alcombright, are working to gather names of city veterans for the purpose of updating the wall.
"As conflicts have occurred for almost two decades and as they continue most specifically in the Global War on Terrorism, it is evident that the sons and daughters of North Adams who have served our country during these difficult times need to be recognized," the mayor wrote in an email. "And while unfortunate that there does not seem to be any closure in sight, the city is cognizant of the need to remember those who have served and those currently serving."
Roy and the mayor had hoped to get a plaque representing GWOT veterans up for Memorial Day, on Monday, May 29, but it is evident that the lists of names are not yet complete. It is hoped that by getting the word out via the media that the Veterans Office will be contacted and names will come in.
Beginning immediately, any veteran of the GWOT era should contact Roy in the Veterans Office at City Hall. There is only one form that needs to be completed and the veteran must provide a copy of his or her DD Form 214 or military discharge document showing honorable service and the fact that they hail from the area. At that time, the veteran's name will be added to the list for inclusion on the GWOT plaque.
As the city intends to place the new plaque for Veterans Day on Nov. 11, veterans must submit their paperwork by Aug. 31, 2017.
Additionally, veterans of previous wars or conflicts who are not included on the wall should contact Roy, or a family member can.
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