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Merrimack Valley

November 8, 2012

Andover to dedicate two veterans memorials Sunday

ANDOVER — The veterans burial lot at the Spring Grove Cemetery provides a solemn resting place for those who have served in the nation’s military, but the area isn’t easy to identify for many.

The town will be dedicating a memorial to mark the lot on Sunday at 11 a.m. during the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremonies.

“Our community is not necessarily aware that this is a veterans burial lot,” Veterans Services Director Michael Burke said. “By putting a monument there it will certainly clarify that.”

A second monument will also be dedicated in an area designated as a future veterans lot, as the original lot is nearing capacity.

The names of the monuments are the “Twentieth-Century Veterans Memorial” for the current lot and “Veterans Memorial at Spring Grove” for the new lot.

“All gave some, some gave all,” part of the 20th Century memorials reads. “Let them not be forgotten.”

Both granite memorials are in the shape of a pentagon and include bronze emblems from all five branches of the military.

“It is truly a wonderful design,” Burke said. “It is the same monument for both lots, but the wording is slightly different.”

A new flag pole, donated by American Legion Andover — Post 8, will fly in between the two lots, which are separated by a small roadway. A granite bench also donated by Post 8 will be placed in the new lot.

The monuments are funded by the Spring Grove Cemetery Trustees in partnership with the Veterans’ Services Office, Burke said.

The town will also hold brief ceremonies at West Parish Cemetery at 10 a.m. and Ballardvale Green at noon. A luncheon at the Masonic Temple, 7 High St., will follow at 1 p.m.

At Ballardvale Green the “Heroes Among Us Book — Book IV”, spotlighting our living World War II Andover Veterans, will be presented to the veterans in that book.

In the case of inclement weather (moderate to heavy rain/snow) a brief ceremony will be held at Elm Green at noon.




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