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November 15, 2013

Our view: Cheers, jeers for recent newsmakers

CHEERS to the legion of residents in Danvers who worked tirelessly — and up to the last minute — to create a permanent memorial to the town’s military veterans.

The memorial, a 3-foot-wide plaque set on a massive granite marker on the fields outside the Thorpe School, is a thing of simple, quiet beauty.

That it exists at all is credit to the hard work of a number of citizens who weren’t afraid to tackle obstacles large and small.

Finding a slab of granite large enough for the memorial took some time, said architect Robert Farley, the Army veteran and Danvers Rotary Club member who designed the plaque. Farley and Bruce Eaton, an Army Air Corps veteran and president of the Danvers Veterans Council, had long talked of the need for a proper, impressive memorial.

“To find a stone of that size, in granite, with a flat face on it” was no easy task, Farley said at the memorial’s dedication Monday. “I searched the fields and I searched the woods for five months.”

Then, Joe DeLorenzo, owner of the Danversport Yacht Club, stepped forward. There were plenty of stones on his property, he said, and Farley could help himself.

Farley found a 21/2-ton boulder, and J. Masterson Construction agreed to pull it from the ground and bring it to Thorpe School for free. Another Rotary member, Barry Kaplan, had the plaque cast through Mt. Pleasant Monuments in Gloucester, and it was made at a foundry outside Pittsburgh.

Then, just days before the memorial was to be unveiled, the plaque arrived — bent. The foundry rushed to redo the job, and on Monday, the citizens of Danvers were able to appreciate the fruits of the three-year project — and the sacrifice of the town’s veterans.

JEERS to the anti-science, anti-vaccine crowd who are making life more dangerous for the rest of us.

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