March 22, 2018

Seekonk Veterans War Memorial


To All Seekonk Residents,

I am writing this to address the placing of the Howitzer gun at the Seekonk Veterans War Memorial at the Seekonk Public Library. The Veterans Memorial is very well designed, dignified and solemn setting. It is a tribute to all Seekonk veterans of all wars and conflicts who came forward, took time out of their lives and did their duty and served their country. Unfortunately, they paid the ultimate sacrifice for their service. They were protecting the rights and freedom of all Americans and everything America stands for.

I think placing the Howitzer gun there will be taking away from the somber atmosphere that this Memorial has now. The Memorial’s existing surroundings – the granite wall, flowers and benches- make it a place where we can sit, remember and reflect on the fallen, and I think this should not be changed.

Therefore, I oppose putting the Howitzer gun at that location. I feel there are many other suitable locations for this artifact of war to be placed.

In the April town election there will be a ballot question on this subject. I ask you to consider the above and vote not to have the Howitzer gun placed at this Memorial. As a Veitnam veteran, I feel we should focus on remembering all those Seekonk veterans who gave their lives to help preserve the freedom and opportunities that America is about.

Sgt. Armand E. Perreault
United States Marine Corps
March 1967-March 1971
Vietnam Veteran


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