This week, Gallagher called DiLuiso and other families to inform them of the plan for the new walkway.
“It actually bought tears to my eyes,” DiLuiso said. “Mr. Gallagher realized how important Steven was in the Beverly High School community and in the Beverly community.”
DiLuiso said awareness of her brother’s memorial apparently became lost during the transition between school administrations over the years.
“Of course Mr. Gallagher didn’t know,” she said. “He felt very bad. But he promised that he would remember Steven. It really felt nice that he hasn’t forgotten.”
The plan is to replace lost or damaged memorials with new granite benches and to repair and reinstall the stored monuments along the walkway.
The walkway will be built between the high school baseball field and the parking lot. As part of the project, a stone-dust walkway will also be installed to provide access to the artificial turf field.
Gallagher said money was set aside for the memorial walkway from the construction of the new high school. School officials are planning to build it and hold a dedication ceremony before the end of the school year.
Gallagher said the walkway will give the memorials more prominence than their previous locations scattered around the school.
“It almost brings their lives back to the forefront on a daily basis,” he said.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or email@example.com.
MEMORIALS AT BEVERLY HIGH
Beverly High School has plaques and memorials in memory of the following people:
Frank “Brother” Roberts
Beverly veterans killed in wars
Victims of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks