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Two Committees Push For Taller, Narrower War Memorial Design

The Wenham War Memorial Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning, where it will take up the design of a war memorial that does not have the backing of two other town committees.

Two Committees Push For Taller, Narrower War Memorial Design Two Committees Push For Taller, Narrower War Memorial Design

The Wenham War Memorial Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to discuss a new design – a design that neither the joint building committee nor Historical District Commission favors.

Both committees last week – that the design is too short and wide and few liked having an eagle and globe at the top of the monument.

“We can't put up something that is inappropriate,” said John Darling, chairman of the building committee during a joint meeting of both committees.

Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren described the proposed changes as making the monument taller and narrower and reducing the size of the eagle and globe.

Last week, when the joint building committee and Historical District Commission met there were repeated calls for cooperation between the two committees and the war memorial committee.

“I don't like the feeling that it is them versus us and us versus them,” said Don Bannon, who is a member of both historic and building committees.

"Them" is the War Memorial Committee, which has spent four years working on the monument placement and design. The committee is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. on Tuesday at .

The building and historic committees were also unclear whose names would be inscribed on the monument. Some thought the monument would honor only those from Wenham who died in the two world wars, the Korean and Vietnam wars. Others said the plan is to honor any Wenham resident who served in the military during one of the wars.

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