Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 4:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:53 P.M.

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Morris A Bergman
Councilor Michael T Gaffney
Councilor Konstantina B Lukes

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Morris A Bergman Councilor Michael T Gaffney Councilor Konstantina B Lukes
Also:City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk

Communications of the City Manager


Transmitting informational communication relative to the activities scheduled to honor our Veterans on Veterans Day. # 8.20A CM November 01, 2016

In Committee November 17, 2016 - Held


Councilor Gaffney requested to be recused. Approved on a voice vote and the Councilor left the room during this discussion.

Recommend Hold


Transmitting informational communication relative to an update of the GAR Board of Trustees and Records/Relics held in trust by the Board. # 9.8B CM July 18, 2017

In Committee for informational purposes only

Chairperson of the GAR Board of Trustees Daniel McAuliffe was present to answer questions of the committee.

Recommend File




Petition of William S. Coleman III request City Council invite all returning soldiers and their families to a City Council meeting and as a first order of business to thank them for their service. # 7l CC February 02, 2016

In Committee March 15, 2016 - Held In Committee June 22, 2016 - Held


Recommend Hold


Petition of William S. Coleman, III request City Council consider naming the triangle at the intersection of Belmont St. and Lincoln St. where the new Honor Roll Monument for Worcester's Citizens of Color of WWII will be located after Mr. Waverly Taylor and Mr. James G. "Bud" Ward, Jr., the two living soldiers of the Honor Roll that was first dedicated on December 5, 1945, as well as Mr. William Hawley, Jr. # 8k CC June 27, 2017


The Petitioner requested to amend the middle name of Mr. Ward to “H” and the year of the dedication to “1943*. The Petitioner requested leave to withdraw.

1. Bernetta Kufo, Worcester resident
2. Thomas Doughton, residence not given
3. Jack Toney, Worcester resident
4. Phil Madaio, member of the Veterans’ Council

The Committee put forward two (2) Chairman’s Orders. The first one was adopted by the Committee on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas (Bergman, Gaffney) and 1 Nay (Lukes). The Second Chairman’s Order was adopted by the Committee on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

Chairman's Orders

That the Standing Committee on Veteran's and Military Affairs does hereby report, after giving proper notice and providing an opportunity for public participation, its recommendation that the City Council honor and stand by its decision to move forward with the rededication of the Citizens of Color of Worcester Honor Roll at the intersection of Belmont Street and Lincoln Street and to support a plan to include additional veterans names; so that the list of veterans will reflect all the veterans of color who served in World War II.

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor issue an opinion as to whether or not the rededication of an existing monuments such as the Citizens of Color of Worcester Honor Roll falls under the process used by current city ordinances for memorials.


Chairman's Order From The Committee on Veterans' and Military Affairs - Request City Council's Standing Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs meet jointly with City Council's Standing Committee on Education for the purpose of beginning planning for the events associated with Veterans Day 2017. # 9a CC November 22, 2016


Recommend Hold


Order of Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Michael T. Gaffney, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Councilor Khrystian E. King and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request City Manager provide a list compiled of all known living veterans of World War II residing in Worcester and further, request the Mayor establish an appropriate date in the near future to Honor them with a key to the City and/or other appropriate recognition. # 13i CC December 20, 2016


Recommend Hold


Order of Councilor Bergman and Councilor Lukes- Request City Manager report to City Council concerning any plans to locate a memorial at Green Hill Park in remembrance of World War One. # 9j CC May 02, 2017


Recommend Hold