Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:18 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:06 PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Morris A Bergman
Vice Chairperson Konstantina B Lukes
Councilor Sean M Rose

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Morris A Bergman Vice Chairperson Councilor Konstantina B Lukes
Also:Director of Veterans' Services Edward O'Connor; Assistant Commissioner of Parks & Recreation Robert Antonelli Jr.; City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk

Miscellaneous Items


Petition of Councilor Morris A. Bergman request the replacement/restoration of the "Trumbull Square" monument/marker. # 8f CC September 05, 2017


Recommend Hold


Petition of Evan Corrigan request City of Worcester recognize the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day (November 11, 1918), and organize an event to honor Worcester's sons and daughters who participated in the Great War. # 8j CC February 27, 2018

In Committee April 25, 2018 - Held


Recommend File


Petition of Elaine Pignataro request for a memorial veterans square for Staff Sargent Gaetano T. DiPasquale be erected on the right hand side of the traffic signal light in front of Cube Storage on Shrewsbury St. # 7v CC July 17, 2018


Recommend Hold for Hearing


Petition of Patricia Smith Murphy request to include the name of Pvt. Harold T. Smith, U.S. Army, 175th Inf. 29th Div. on the World War II Memorial entitled "South Worcester Honors Those Who Served" which is located on College St., near Holy Cross College. # 8nn CC August 21, 2018


Petition was amended to include Ms. Smith Murphy's father Arthur J. Smith, a retired Air Force Captain

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding the "South Worcester Honors Those Who Served” war memorial as to its history, original purpose for adding veterans names and whether or not the memorial includes all veterans who served or only those veterans who were casualties of war.

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor report to City Council how the language for the ordinance relative to Veterans Memorial was chosen as it pertains to who is eligible for a veterans memorial. Further, request the City Manager request the City Solicitor report the process to modify the ordinance to allow additions to pre-existing memorials that include all veterans who served, if that was the intention of the memorial.

The City Manager be and is hereby requested to have the Veterans Agent work with the Assistant Commissioner of Parks to look for an existing war memorial for all veterans who served, in the Granite Street area, that would be more appropriate for adding the names of Veterans Harold & Arthur Smith, who served in WWII.


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

In Committee August 15, 2017 - Held


Recommend File


Order of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes and Councilor Morris A. Bergman - 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

In Committee August 15, 2017 - Held Committee April 25, 2018 - Held


Recommend File


Communications of the City Manager


Transmitting informational communication relative to the World War I Memorial Grove in Green Hill Park. # 9.8A CM October 31, 2017

In Committee April 25, 2018 - Held


The Committee recognized the presence of Brian McCarthy and Lawrence Freed and thanked them and WPI for all their efforts in making the renovations to the memorial.

Recommend File


Transmitting informational communication relative to monuments and memorials throughout Worcester. # 9.8B CM October 31, 2017


Recommend File