DiZoglio Secures $15,000 for Haverhill’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Upgrades

Mayor James J. Fiorentini stopped by Haverhill's Mill Brook Park March 29 to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day. (WHAV News photograph)

More money is on the way for upgrades to Haverhill’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park courtesy of state Sen. Diana DiZoglio. The freshman senator tells WHAV she has secured $15,000 for the city’s Ad Hoc Memorial Commission supervising the renovations to the monument and area honoring the 13 servicemen killed in the Vietnam War.

The funds will help the commission continue a second phase of improvements currently underway at the park in the Haverhill Highlands neighborhood near the entrance to Plug Pond. In the works are curbing upgrades, seeding and an ADA-compliant crosswalk.

“Nearly five decades since the last U.S. combat troops left Southeast Asia, the Vietnam War remains on the minds of many people in the Merrimack Valley and across the Commonwealth,” DiZoglio said. “This important funding will go a long way as we remember the sacrifices of this city’s brave servicemen and women.”

DiZoglio’s amendment is the largest monetary donation to the effort thus far.

“The Commission is thrilled with the news. Sen. DiZoglio has heard our voice and done right by the Vietnam veterans. She is the real deal,” Commission Chairman Ralph Basiliere, the nephew of the city’s first war casualty, said.

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